Portland could be getting a major new music venue

Portland might soon be getting a new large-scale music venue.

Documents show that homegrown entertainment company Monqui Presents is seeking to build a 3,000-capacity concert venue where a couple of aging warehouses sit in industrially-zoned Northwest Portland, across the street from Montgomery Park.

Representatives from Monqui declined to comment, saying only that “it’s too early in the game.” But staff from Monqui and its developer, Langley Investment Properties, met with two Northwest Portland neighborhood associations in recent months to share plans.

Minutes from the Northwest District Neighborhood Association meeting in December show Monqui will use the new space as “creative offices, a music venue and music production.”

Google Street View photo of site of proposed venue.
Google Street View photo of site of proposed venue.

The preliminary architectural plans for the new development, submitted by LRS Architects, reveal a two-story structure with a mezzanine.

The scale is significant. The development covers a full half-block, between NW 26th and 27th and Vaughn and Wilson. At 3,000 capacity, the new venue would be comparable in size to the more formal, seated Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and Keller Auditorium, and about twice the size of the Roseland Theater and Crystal Ballroom.

“I think it’s exciting, because they’re going to be able to bring shows that otherwise wouldn’t be accessible to Portlanders,” says Doug Appling, also known as electronic music producer Emancipator. “I don’t know if it will lead to more growth, like, ‘If you build it, they will come.’ As a music fan, hopefully it will bring maybe some larger acts that might normally skip over Portland on their tours.”

Currently in the city’s land use review process, the project faces hurdles.

Read the rest of the story at wweek.com.

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