October 30th, 2009 | by BETH SLOVIC News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Sports, City Hall

Breaking: Merritt Paulson Abandons Beaverton

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Portland Beavers owner Merritt Paulson has just withdrawn his proposal to build a new Triple-A baseball stadium in Beaverton.

Here's his Dear John letter [PDF] to Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle. In the letter, Paulson says the lack of a stadium location under city control and no firm financial commitment yet in place from the city add up to make it impossible to meet the timelines needed to have a new park ready for the start of the 2011 baseball season.

Doyle responded this morning with a press release.

"I have always believed in this concept, but it is clear that we simply will not be able to meet the schedule provided," Doyle said in a prepared statement. "This dialogue has sparked a renewed love for the heart of Beaverton. Merritt Paulson is not alone in his enthusiasm for our community and, over the past few weeks, I've met with numerous developers and property owners to discuss their interest in downtown Beaverton. I believe that we're poised to take the next steps in the effort to create a healthy, sustainable long-term economic base for our city."

Four months ago, Paulson wrote a similar letter when he pulled out of Lents, where he proposed putting the baseball stadium before his sights turned to Beaverton.

Photo by Leah Nash
 
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