The Portland Development Commission wants development concepts for Memorial Coliseum, and Portland's NBA franchise has an idea: using the arena as one of the centerpieces of a "mixed-use sports and entertainment district" known as JumpTown, according to a press release from the Blazers.
According to the project's website
, the Rose Quarter would be renovated into an eco-friendly district serving as the "intersection of sports, music and entertainment, one that pays homage to the rich musical heritage of Portland's eastside."
The term "JumpTown
" derived from a book by Robert Dietsche about Portland' rich jazz history.
Although the idea is in its preliminary stages, possible amenities located in the new JumpTown could include "restaurants, clubs, retail, hotels, residential, athletic facilities and a one-of-a-kind interactive center being considered by Nike near the site of its inception" according to the press release. Proposals and concepts will be gathered between now and Dec. 1, with a winning concept being chosen sometime in fall 2010.