2021-01-09 21:02:05 UTC
The combination of COVID-19 and riots is taking a toll on
downtown Portland's business base, and one of the city's major
employers, Standard Insurance, is not being quiet about it.
Around 2,000 employees used to work out of Portland-based
Standard Insurance's office building, but now the building is
sitting empty and employees who need an office are working out
of its nearby Hillsboro campus, Portland news station KGW
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"Our downtown properties have sustained significant vandalism
and a number of employees and contractors have been assaulted in
recent months," a Standard Insurance spokesperson told local TV
station KGW, adding that "current disruptions and unsafe
conditions in the neighborhood" have affected the situation.
Demonstrations that often turn violent have racked Oregon's
biggest city for more than two months following the police
killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Police have declared a riot in Portland amid ongoing protests
over racial injustice.
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The Multnomah County Building was set on fire and vandalized,
said county commission chair Deborah Kafoury, the
Oregonian/OregonLive reported. There was damage to a lobby where
protective equipment against the spread of the coronavirus is
distributed, she said. The riot was declared Tuesday night
outside the building, police said.
Standard Insurance's spokesperson said the company is committed
to downtown Portland "assuming conditions in the neighborhood
improve," KGW reported.
Meanwhile, national health care nonprofit OCHIN announced last
week it's selling its 40,000-square-foot office space in
Portland as employees go remote permanently. An OCHIN
spokesperson told KGW that unrest in Portland had nothing to do
with the decision to sell the building bought for $14 million in
FOX Business' inquiry to Standard Insurance was not immediately
The Associated Press contributed to this report.