As Steffen Lunding continues converting the former city administration building (aka the Butler Bank Building, but what he now calls the three O one building) into a grand space, the key question on his and everyone else’s lips has been: Who can profitably make use of such a large room?
An answer may be at hand. Lunding told the Buzz on Saturday that, for now, he sees the space as a perfect home for large group gatherings. Key phrase: For now.
Lunding says he’s still looking for a long-term tenant, but isn’t interested in having the space sit vacant while he does.
So, events. Lunding has talked with Todd Dierker, organizer of the Gorge Grown Farmer’s Market, about the space hosting growers on First Fridays.
More to the point, however, Lunding has engaged Lucy Gorman of Lucy’s Informal Flowers, Mary Ortega of Mari Bliss Boutique, and Ortega’s daughter, wedding and event planner Mari-Beth Guenther of Gorge Events, to show, book and oversee a variety of events for the space.
Gorman told the Buzz that the space is projected for April completion, but that she and her partners would be happy to begin booking events now for dates beyond the April debut.
“It will be a stunning space,” Gorman says. “I know we could have a beautiful space for dinners, cocktails, a gallery space, and if we put curtains on windows, it could be a stunning movie space.”
The building has been permitted to hold up to 168 people, Lunding says.
Gorman says the rental rate structure hasn’t yet been firmed up. She says her teammates bring complementary skills to the task. Ortega handles printed invitations, decor, linens and settings. Guenther specializes in coordinating the actual event. And Gorman is known locally for her floral arrangements and sense of design.
Interested? Conact Lunding at 541-399-4880 about long-term tenancy, or Gorman at 541-386-3666 about events.