Goodbye Moto, Hello Jackstraw


(Renderings | courtesy of Killian Pacific)

Hip Spot on Industrial Way Moving to Make Way for 313-Unit Multi-Story Project

An iconic former mill building known affectionately as the Pine Shed which became a hip haven for food, drink and motorcycle mending is literally being picked up and moved to make way for the development of an anticipated new 313-unit mixed-use project dubbed Jackstraw on Bend’s west side.

Spoken Moto, which was housed in what was previously a forgotten mechanic’s shop in the Old Mill/Box Factory area off Industrial Way and became a popular community gathering spot, is moving to a location off Second Street in the Bend Central District in the next couple of months.

The landlord of the lot set to be Moto’s next stop, Kurt Alexander, president of Petrich Properties, owns property at Second Street and Hawthorne Avenue, and purchased the Pine Shed structure from Industrial Way QOZB to retain the vintage vibe of the restored hot spot.

The building is being transported to a temporary location in readiness for the permanent move, landing in an area targeted for increasing redevelopment in the “nexus” between east and west sides of town with easy access to downtown Bend.

Alexander is also president of the Bend Central District Business Association (BCDBA) and has been a strong advocate for broader core area growth in a diverse, sustainable manner.

Spoken Moto former co-owner Steve Beutner revealed that the business had been sold to Portland-based Sortis Holdings, a company active in acquiring branded lifestyle businesses, including the Bamboo Sushi and Rudy’s Barbershop groups as well as boutique hospitality favorites like Portland’s Ace Hotel.

A spokesperson for Sortis said, “Sortis brings together an ecosystem of original brands with purpose and impact. As stewards of legacy and new companies alike, the platform will enable sustainable growth, cultural equity and scalable innovation for brands with things to say.”

Sortis’ goal is to build a portfolio of consumer brands that share key characteristics, including a passionate customer base, differentiated brand identity, commitment to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) priorities and digital tailwinds.

Before departing, Spoken Moto held a full-scale celebration featuring live music and local culture surrounding the center of industrial rock, coffee, craft beer and food carts.

On the path to building the business, Beutner said, “It was hard work, but it was a fun ride, and we grew organically into an amazing brand and mainstay in Bend. The new operators will be good stewards and see it as a great fit with their other unique branded businesses.”

Throttled with a deep passion for old school craftsmanship, vintage motorcycles, hand-roasted coffee, craft beer and quality goods — the Spoken Moto brand became a cornerstone of Bend culture, reflecting a vision to reclaim, restore and bring new life and purpose to what may once have been forgotten.

The old shed was reclaimed and restored, blending the past with the present and the building became a fun focal point for the community.

The PR team commented, “While we will be closed for a few months and physically relocating, it is our priority to make sure the spirit of what makes our community so special remains untouched, so we’re taking the Pine Shed with us!”

As Spoken Moto departs, a new vision will rise for the 4.7-acre site where it sat, in the shape of a 313-unit mixed-use project to be developed by Killian Pacific, which is also the owner and developer of the adjoining Box Factory complex.

The new Jackstraw project on the property bounded by Industrial Way and Lava Road is set to be a model of mixed-use urban development with approximately 480,000 sq. ft. in a structure stepping up to six stories including 17,500 sq. ft. of ground floor retail and approximately 450 parking stalls.

A central feature of the project will be a new “Woonerf” (the Dutch term for “street living” indicating a common space created to be shared by pedestrians, bicyclists and low-speed motor vehicles) between the existing Box Factory and the new development. The project is set to include a mix of townhomes and apartments, as well as grass courtyards and a major change to Lava to prioritize the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians, according to documents submitted to the City of Bend by the developer.

The environmentally-focused complex will include two units to qualify as in-home daycare units, pet facilities (including a washing station), rooftop terraces, tiered elevations to avoid a visual “wall” effect, retail businesses on the ground floor and the outdoor pedestrian mall that will allow bicyclists to continue to ride through the Box Factory. In addition, Killian is committed to working with the City to make some of the rentals affordable.

The development focuses on strong environmental building practices as well as an emphasis on walking and biking due to the location, with Killian Pacific also committed to helping with a mobility hub for alternative transportation as part of “raising the bar” on development.

About Sortis Holdings, Inc.:
Sortis Holdings, Inc. (OTC: SOHI) is becoming a collection of brands that combine creative vision with business acumen. Sortis intends to power its brands across hotel and lodging, coffee, food and beverage and beauty and wellness to drive culture forward, uniting purpose and profit to thoughtfully scale its companies and offer exceptional experiences to its customers.

About Killian Pacific:
After 50 Years of building relationships & places in the Pacific Northwest, Killian Pacific aims to bring the most creative solutions and symbiotic relationships to market, in an effort to improve the health and wellbeing of communities and regions. As important as its financial impact, is the social impact on the communities it invests in and operate within.


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