A fireplace in the curved wall of the central hub welcomes visitors at Moovel headquarters in Portland’s Old Town Chinatown on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. Moovel, a tech subsidiary of Daimler, opened its headquarters in the restored Overland Warehouse. (John Rudoff/For The Oregonian/OregonLive)
Moovel’s arrival in the neighborhood is the latest example of how Portland’s booming tech scene is transforming the city’s core. Portland’s Urban Development Partners spent more than a year, and upwards of $3.5 million, rehabilitating the Overland. Urban Development Partners project manager Joren Bass said the investment reflects ongoing revitalization in Old Town Chinatown and the historic nature of the Overland itself. “You can’t create space like that in a new building. It’s just impossible,” Bass said. “You can’t find timber like that anymore.” Moovel chief operating officer Sadhana Shenoy said the goal was to build community among employees, drawing on the building’s unique history.