PDX Real Estate Insider: Three things I’ve heard about Joey Harrington, the Menashes’ building and a prominent Portland architect – Portland Business Journal

It’s deadline day at the Biz J, and I’m scrambling. So let’s get right to it.

Big departure

There’s not much talk floating around about it, but the departure of Bill Neburka from Works Project Architecture earlier this year seems like kind of a big deal.

Neburka co-founded the respected Portland firm with Carrie Strickland, and it made its mark around town with projects like Slate, the Olympic Mills Commerce Center and Wayfinder Beer.

But on a recent tour of the Jupiter NEXT hotel, only Strickland’s name came up when talk turned to the firm behind the design. That prompted a little digging, which revealed that Neburka left W.PA without much fanfare earlier this year.

No word on exactly why, and a message left with Neburka wasn’t immediately returned. It does appear, however, that he’s hung up his own shingle with a new firm he’s called Evident Architecture Office.

As for W.PA, Strickland and Jennifer Dzienis remain the firm’s two partners.

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The exterior textures of Slate.

Harrington’s sidelined

Not two years after it opened, former NFL quarterback Joey Harrington’s Pearl Tavern closed up shop yesterday. The news, first reported by Eater PDX, came with little explanation.

But apparently the space won’t be empty for long. Kurt Huffman, of ChefStable, which had managed the eatery for Harrington, said a new group and concept is already in the works.

At present, it’s secret. But Huffman said an announcement is coming Friday.

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Joey Harrington outside his now-closed restaurant in the Pearl District last fall.

Filled up

“Location, location, location,” said Jordan Menashe, on the good fortune that’s graced Menashe Properties’ new office building at Southwest 12th and Morrison.

Now that Cable Hill Partners has signed a lease for the fourth floor of the building, occupancy’s up to 95 percent, with just about 3,800 square feet left available. Other tenants who’ve either moved in or will be moving in soon: CENTRL Office, Blue Star Donuts, Turner Construction and Apercen Partners.

Menashe said the deal with Cable Hill, a private wealth management firm that had been located in Jackson Tower, came about over a simple cup of coffee. The firm will likely move in late this summer or early fall.

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Menashe Properties’ new office building at Southwest 12th Avenue and Southwest Morrison Street.

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