Last year the Corvallis Advocate newspaper characterized the area called “Southtown” in Corvallis as a “progressive, nature-oriented and democratic community” and it is.
Progressive? Yes. The founding store of First Alternative Co-op, the natural and local foods grocery is in Southtown. CoHo Ecovillage, Corvallis’ only co-housing community is located in Southtown as well.There are’t many places you can live in affordable housing and then walk to the local farm to pickup your CSA but with Rainshine Family Farm, which calls Southtown home, you can. Rainshine’s 5 acres provides locally grown healthy food, a 27 week CSA and supplies a number of local restaurants, all from their Southtown farm.
Nature oriented? Willamette Park has awesome athletic fields and an off-leash doggie play area. A multi-use path winds along the river and a few years back 85 acres were replanted with native species. And yes, Willamette Park is in Southtown.
And democratic? Low cost housing in the form of Alexander Court was build under the eyes of Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services and Willamette Landing has small lot, 2000 square foot homes which sell for $200K and up. 30 year residents brush shoulders with “newbie families” and diversity is rampant. Lincoln Elementary has had a dual-language immersion program since 2004 and the Healthy Kids Healthy Communities neighborhood improvement effort targets the South Town Latino community.
With all this going on it’s hard not to understand why Block 15, an immensely popular downtown Corvallis microbrewery chose Southtown for their second namesake location (they also own Les Caves). This Fall, a new Block 15 brewery will start to take shape. Located on 1.1 acres at 3415 SW Deschutes Ave., the current plans call for a 7.500 square foot building.
A 20 barrel brewing facility, bakery, canning line and 1000 square foot taproom will be built and open in April or May with plenty of room to expand. Not only will this project bring more great beer to Southtown but the new location will add 12 to 15 new jobs as well.
Baldwin General Contracting is excited to be responsible for this project that has a total budget of $1.9 million for the land, construction and equipment. Every member of the Baldwin team is delighted to be involved in the construction of this great addition to Southtown Corvallis and you can bet more than a few might just become regular customers as well.
For more information
“Block 15 plans second brewery” Gazette Times article written by Bennett Hall
“The Changing Face of Southtown: Corvallis Seed Bearing Fruit” Corvallis Advocate article written by Mica Habarad