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St. Vincent de Paul moves to Westmoreland

by: Eric Norberg, The former Olive Farm building on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue at Mitchell, just south of the McLoughlin overpass in Westmoreland, will be open in March as the new headquarters of the Portland Council of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

The 'Olive Farm' business closed months ago, when the family that owned it sold their Italian olive orchards and ended their retail and mail-order sale in this country. Since then, their relatively-new building at 5120 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland, just south of the McLoughlin overpass, has been for sale.

In February, the building was purchased by the St. Vincent de Paul Portland Council, and by mid-March remodeling is to be completed, and the main offices of the Catholic charity will be moved into the new facility from its previous address, 3601 S.E. 27th, at Powell Boulevard. Also to be located on site will be the St. Vincent de Paul Emergency Services offices, and the charity's food bank and food recovery program.

Sharon Hills, Executive Director, tells THE BEE that there will be no retail activity on the site (and the Portland Council no longer collects and sells discarded clothing and housewares), so the operation should not result in any people standing in lines outside the building.

A neighbor expressed concern about the facility at about the time the sale was consummated, and Hills assured us that any deficiencies in the building and property will be corrected by the time the offices open in mid-March.