Mississippi Marketplace and the adjacent building  was envisioned, designed and built in 2009 by Roger Goldingay,  a private "real-estate rehabilitator" who lived in the neighborhood. Here is the video:

This area of N. Mississippi was a vacant lot and a boarded-up building when Roger Goldingay took on the project of renovating the building and turning the vacant lot into a community gathering spot. The renovation of the building was done to keep its style in tune with the local historic neighborhood and was lovingly done by Roger and Michael Tunson, Eterne Construction.  It was then rented to Prost! a German Bier pub.

The vacant lot was the first lot renovated, permitted and designed specifically for food carts.  The City of Portland required excavation of the earth, placement of gravel and overlay of pervious asphalt for an eco-lot and storm water management.  One of the first bike corrals in the City was locate don N. Mississippi and and native trees and potted Japanese lace leaf maples completed the design.

Here is the vacant lot with one food cart on it in 2008 before construction 

Here is the vacant lot with one food cart on it in 2008 before construction 

Meet the Owner/Designer

Roger Goldingay, a former member of the original Portland Timbers NASL team in 1975, had lived in many neighborhoods in Portland, but decided to move to  the N. Mississippi Ave. neighborhood in 2002.  At that time it was an area of boarded-up buildings and known more for crime problems than as an historic district.  He and his wife took on the renovation of the Historic John Palmer House (a National Historic Registry House built in 1898)  and then the upgrade of several nearby buildings, including the laundromat and restaurant (which had been called as the Soup and Soap) and the adjacent residential Blackson House.  They advocated for neighborhood safety and improvements including designation of N. Mississippi as a Historic street, graffiti abatement, neighbor watch, installation of a traffic stop, and building of a local park now known as Triangle Park. Starting in 2006, they began ideas for renovation of the building on the SW corner of N. Mississippi and Skidmore -  which  had been a pharmacy and a church during its 100 year history and a part of the vibrant community that existed in N. Mississippi.  They researched the architecture characteristic of this neighborhood and along with  Michael Tunson, of Eterne Construction, the building was redesigned to fit in with the historic neighborhood - streetcar era design. The concept was to build a gathering space that would benefit the community and anchor further renovation of the Historic Mississippi Ave area. 

Here are photos of the before and after of the vacant lot - that became Mississippi Marketplace food cart pod - and the building that was rebuilt to look like an historic building and is now leased by Mississippi Marketplace to the German Bier pub Prost! here is the photo album

The construction and permitting for the first food cart pod in the City of Portland took longer than anticipated and required many extra steps to make the vacant lot conform with the code the City developed as we were building.  Ultimately the City required the lot to be constructed like a parking lot - so we did end up paving "a paradise" and putting up a parking lot due to the City requirements.  Trees and native plants were incorporated into the design and pervious asphalt was used for storm water management. 

Food carts began being recruited to this location in early 2009.  Roger carefully choose carts that had different types of food that would compliment each other.  The first carts opened in summer 2009. Here is the link to the first review of the carts First review of the pod by Food Carts Portland here 

Karen Brooks of the Oregonian, wrote one of the first reviews of the pod after it was just constructed in October 2009 read it here 

Roger Goldingay owner and Michael Tunson of Eterne Construction, after the gravel was put onto Mississippi Marketplace lot and after the building was finished.  the patio is still not in place. 

Roger Goldingay owner and Michael Tunson of Eterne Construction, after the gravel was put onto Mississippi Marketplace lot and after the building was finished.  the patio is still not in place. 

First review of the pod by Food Carts Portland here

This is the "before " photo of the building at 4233 N. Mississippi that was formerly a pharmacy and church. Remodeled by Roger Goldingay and Michael Tunson as part of Mississippi Marketplace is is now leased by Roger to a german bier pub called Prost!

This is the "before " photo of the building at 4233 N. Mississippi that was formerly a pharmacy and church. Remodeled by Roger Goldingay and Michael Tunson as part of Mississippi Marketplace is is now leased by Roger to a german bier pub called Prost!

Here is the before photo of the vacant lot that would become Mississippi Marketplace . this is the view looking East

Here is the before photo of the vacant lot that would become Mississippi Marketplace . this is the view looking East

Rear of the building before construction 

Rear of the building before construction 

Skidmore side of the building before construction in early 2009

Skidmore side of the building before construction in early 2009

Front of the building at the corner of N. Mississippi and Skidmore in 2009 before renovation 

Front of the building at the corner of N. Mississippi and Skidmore in 2009 before renovation 

The side of the building BEFORE renovation.  Facing South down Mississippi Ave., his is where the patio will be built and the grass is where the eco-lot for Mississippi Marketplace will be put

The side of the building BEFORE renovation.  Facing South down Mississippi Ave., his is where the patio will be built and the grass is where the eco-lot for Mississippi Marketplace will be put

Working on the patio side of the building in mid 2009 during renovation - Large windows and a open garage style door was added to the patio side of the building. 

Working on the patio side of the building in mid 2009 during renovation - Large windows and a open garage style door was added to the patio side of the building. 

The patio side of the building starts to take shape and now the crew is putting in the  gravel for the eco-lot and pervious asphalt that would become Mississippi Marketplace food cart pod. 

The patio side of the building starts to take shape and now the crew is putting in the  gravel for the eco-lot and pervious asphalt that would become Mississippi Marketplace food cart pod. 

The fence line along the alley at the rest of the building is just king in place - before the patio is built and the lot paved over. 

The fence line along the alley at the rest of the building is just king in place - before the patio is built and the lot paved over. 

Pervious asphalt paving and the potted Japanese Maples going in along side the patio for the building. 

Pervious asphalt paving and the potted Japanese Maples going in along side the patio for the building. 

This is the front of the building before renovation 

Here is the start of renovation of  the front of the building as it begins to take shape The builders added 100 year old tile to the front and designed larger windows and built up the front facade 

Here is the start of renovation of  the front of the building as it begins to take shape The builders added 100 year old tile to the front and designed larger windows and built up the front facade 

The front door of the building came from The Rebuild Center 

The front door of the building came from The Rebuild Center 

One of the first bike corrals in the city was built in front of the building at 4233 N. Mississippi Ave. 

One of the first bike corrals in the city was built in front of the building at 4233 N. Mississippi Ave.