In 2016, Yale Union completed a historic rehabilitation project, turning a loading dock entry into a main pedestrian entrance to enhance both the street-level view of and accessibility to the historic building. Located on Tenth Street, the original loading dock was used by horse-drawn carriages to bring coal to the steam-powered industrial laundry. For years this dock entrance had been barred off, as it was no longer accessible to street traffic, was not large enough to accommodate modern vehicle delivery, and was two feet above grade level. With support from the Portland Development Commission, The Martin family, HCP, Inc and individual donors, YU was able to transform this inaccessible dock entry into a main access point for pedestrians. The new entrance includes an interior staircase to bring the entrance to sidewalk level and period appropriate materials and hardware.