Graze anatomy: Belmont Goats off to Lents
By Andy Giegerich
Digital Managing Editor
The Belmont Goats will soon get up close and personal with their fans at a PDC-owned Lents site.
The goat herd that’s enchanted waves of Southeast Portland residents (while earning smirks from others) is apparently southeastern bound.
The so-called Belmont Goats, named for their erstwhile perch along Southeast Belmont Street at 10th Avenue, will move to a lot at 9316 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., according to Willamette Week. The lot is next to Interstate 205. The herd’s owners are negotiating to move the creatures to Southeast 91st and Foster Road in the summer, when the Lents International Farmers Market is in session on the goats' new home.
The Portland Development Commission, which owns the lot, approved the move, earning praise from Christopher Frankonis, who’s one one of the herd’s caretakers. Frankonis said the owners are also grateful for other support they’ve received from the community at large.
“All of us are excited for this next phase of Portland’s original resident urban herd, and we look forward to working with PDC and, especially, the residents of Lents to make this ongoing urban experiment in rural community truly Lents Grown for the coming year,” he said in a statement.
The goats are on the move from the Belmont lot because lot owner Vancouver-based Killian Pacific wants to construct 257 apartments, 84,000 square feet of retail space, a parking garage and plazas on the herd’s Southeast Portland site.
PDC is actually filling three of the unused lots it owns in Lents. Propel Studio Architecture and ROSE Community Development will co-locate to 8801 S.E. Foster Road. The agency is in talks to fill another empty building, on a permanent basis, at 93rd Avenue and Woodstock.
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