Dear Patrons, Friends, Comrades,
As you may or may not know, our building* has been bought by NorthRim
Development Company for $1.8 million. Our lease is up November 15, and
at this time NorthRim will be renovating the building and raising our
rent, possibly doubling it. They have already tried to charge us money
for "operating expenses", a fancy phrase for "our already large
paychecks", without signing a new lease with the building. Who knows
what will happen come November... Because we are sick of landlords who
are more invested in making exorbitant profit than building community,
and because we want to be a stable politically active community space
that can hold our ground amidst Portland's rampant gentrification, we
are looking to buy a building come November!
We need help! We are looking for lenders, consultants, contractors, etc.
who are sympathetic to our collective structure and goals. If you have
any leads on available buildings for sale, have legal and/or accounting
advice, equipment let us know! We are looking for a commercial/mixed use
space approximately 2000sq ft. ideally with a kitchen. We want to stay
in Southeast Portland.
Most of all we need cash. We don't know how much at this point—our
business plan is currently a work in progress. We're currently looking
to raise around $20,000, whew, to account for our portion of bank loans.
To account for our moving costs we will be raising prices on some of our
menu items this spring and will be hosting benefits throughout the
spring and summer. We'll keep you all posted...If you'd like to set up a
benefit for us or know someone who would that rules! And donations are
always welcome :)
Thank you all for your loyal, awesome patronage through our seven years
of growth! With your help we're going to continue our legacy as a
radical, worker owned, democratically controlled, environmentally
Sincerely and with much love, The Red and Black Collective
New Owners of Building: NorthRim Development Group 819 SE Morrison St.,
Suite 110 Portland, OR 97214
They are responsible for the $450,000 a piece condos on SE 21st and
Caruthers for an example of what may be built in our wake.
*the building consists of the Red and Black Cafe, City Repair, Black
Dragon Kung Fu Studios, Seven Corners Art Studio and Radius Art Studio