Portland City Council tomorrow morning will consider whether to change the zoning code
to allow limited office space at PGE Park.
The proposed change is part of an effort to bring a sports medicine clinic,
sponsored by Providence Health & Services, to the stadium to support Merritt Paulson's new Major League Soccer team when it begins play in 2011. Here's the ordinance
Updated on Thursday around noon:
Mayor Sam Adams this morning pulled the proposed ordinance,
saying later he needed another week to deal with a number of outstanding issues surrounding the PGE Park remodel. One possible translation:
forcing a public discussion on the zoning code this week might have raised questions about PGE Park that the mayor doesn't want to address publicly right now.
The city's pre-development agreement with Paulson expired in October, and a plan to sign a final agreement has been delayed until December or January. Meantime, Paulson's deal with Beaverton to put his Triple-A baseball team in the Portland suburb collapsed,
and no new deal has emerged besides a very tentative one in Vancouver.