Portland Business Journal
By Jon Bell
February 19, 2016

The latest coworking space to hit the Central Eastside Industrial District will open its doors in a new 10-story building on Northeast Couch Street this summer.

CENTRL Office, which already has one location in the former General Electric building in the Pearl District, will occupy two floors of Slate, a 10-story building currently under construction near the Burnside Bridge at 321 N.E. Couch St.

Beam Development and Urban Development + Partners are the developers behind the building, which will also have retail and restaurant space on the ground floor, office space on the fourth floor and luxury apartments on the upper five floors.

“CENTRL Eastside will be the next evolution of how office and hospitality are coming together,” said Alex Hughes, co-founder of CENTRL Office, in a release. “Our current members have been clamoring for a place on the east side and we’ve found the perfect location and partnership at the Slate."

CENTRL Office will have 22,000 square feet of flexible workspace to offer to entrepreneurs, startups and creative professionals. Users will be able to opt for day passes, dedicated desks, private workrooms and open desks.

According to the release, shared services will include a coffee bar and café, a kitchen break room, copy room, showers, lockers, bike parking, fiber optic internet and underground parking.

Current CENTRL Office members include Portland Incubator Experiment, Zoom+, Oregon Angel Fund, Knoll Furniture, Tony’s Chocolonely, Urban Land Institute and Silicon Valley Bank.

“We are thrilled to have CENTRL Office as the anchor office tenant at the Slate," said Jonathan Malsin, principal of Beam Development, in the release. "CENTRL Office’s brand of collaborative workspace is the perfect complement to the mix of uses in the Slate and the dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem evolving throughout the Central Eastside.”

Slate is just one of many projects that Beam and UD+P partners have brewing in the Central Eastside. Last September, Beam announced that it had purchased the Shleifer Furniture building at 509 S.E. Grand Ave. and plans to turn it into a hotel. And Brad Malsin, Beam's owner, said phase two of Block 75, which is where Slate is being built, could be the future site of a cross-laminated timber building that could hit 20 stories.