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Parks bureau looks for new IFCC building tenant

Portland Parks and Recreation is looking for someone to move into the historic former firehouse on Interstate Avenue that has been home to the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center Inc. for more than two decades.

Funding problems will force the IFCC to close its doors May 1.

Between April 8 and 18, the bureau will try to find a suitable tenant for the space at 5340 N. Interstate Ave. The new tenants will have to provide multicultural arts programming, showcasing diverse artists and offering arts programming; have a commitment to the communities of North and Northeast Portland; and have a track record of financial stability and community engagement.

'We want to move quickly to find a new tenant and limit any closure of the firehouse building,' said Lisa Turpel, the bureau's work force and community alliance manager. 'And we want to proceed in a way that's transparent, as well as expeditious. Our goal is to minimize the impact on the community by ensuring a wide range of arts programs continue, especially for youth.'

A tour of the facility for prospective tenants will be scheduled in mid-April.

The building has a small dance studio, two art galleries, a 100-seat theater and small kitchen area, all of which are ADA accessible.

The bureau hopes to recommend a future tenant to Portland's City Council in the next couple of months.