Celebrate Receiving a $200,000 Competitive Grant Award for the Malmgren Garage 6/1 at Noon

May 26, 2022
Urban Renewal Agency of the City of Talent hosting Rebuilding Talent Event on June 1st at Noon to Celebrate Receiving a $200,000 Competitive Grant Award for the Malmgren Garage The Urban Renewal Agency of the City of Talent is excited to share that it was selected to receive a competitive $200,000 Main Street Revitalization Grant award to help fund the reconstruction of the Malmgren Garage, located at 111 Talent Avenue. The Urban Renewal Agency of the City of Talent was selected for the award after the Agency was recently approved to join the Oregon Main Street Network as an Associate Member. The Agency is excited to continue to jumpstart economic development and revitalization within its downtown corridor through competitive grant applications and partnerships with property owners located within the current urban renewal plan area.

Malmgren Garage was built in 1924, part of the second phase of 20th-century commercial structures built in downtown Talent. During the early 1900s, the opening of the Pacific Highway brought new customers streaming through the center of the community. The major north-south route was shifted to the east in 1938, with the opening of what is now Highway 99/South Pacific Highway, and the old Pacific Highway (what is now Talent Avenue) ceased its role as the primary commercial corridor in the Talent area.

Malmgren Garage was the most substantial of Talent’s second-generation commercial structures and remains one of the few concrete structures in the city. It is considered eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion A for its association with the historic development of Talent, Oregon, and the role and impact of the Pacific Highway in the community’s history. In collaboration with a historical consultant, George Kramer, and the architectural team, the property owner is committed to retaining the property’s historical character and listing the property on the National Historic Register.

To celebrate the grant award, the Urban Renewal Agency of the City of Talent will be hosting an event at the Malmgren Garage on June 1st at noon. At the event, Talent Community members can learn more about Learn about the Malmgren Garage, the Talent Maker City future concept plan, and business outreach and assistance programs. Local artists will also display impressions of the Almeda Fire during the event, and free food and beverages will available in partnership with Ackee Tree Bento. We look forward to seeing you there.

Please direct inquiries to:
Bonnie Morgan
Malmgren Garage Owner
(541) 482-8969

Darby Ayers-Flood
Urban Renewal Agency
Chair of the Board of Directors
(541) 690-7205