Attention, people of Portland! Powell's City of Books
will be remodeling, and the entrance on West Burnside Street and Northwest 10th Avenue will be closed for at least eight months during construction. Make a mental note now—you're just going to have to walk around the block to Northwest 11th and Couch Street.
Only–heads up here–the work isn't scheduled to start for another two years. Boy, that's a lot of lead time.
Powell's announced today that the re-build will add about 25,000 square feet of space to the building, and will add at least another story to the height. Miriam Sontz, spokesperson for Powell's, said that the two years notice would give customers enough time to voice their concerns about the change, considering the "iconic status" of the doorway to be closed.
Seismic upgrades, Sontz said, are badly needed in the nearly century-old portion of a building that she said "was never meant to last that long." When the project is complete, some of the new space will be used to house the books now held in Powell's Technical Books store, currently located at 33 NW Park Avenue. The Powell family owns that property, and has not yet decided what will become of it.