The Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association,
which overlaps the Lents Town Center Urban Renewal Area, has officially voiced its opposition
[PDF] to Merritt Paulson's minor-league baseball stadium proposal.
In the letter posted above, Erica Bjerning, chair of the Southeast Portland neighborhood association, writes:
Residents were polled months ago on their opinion of having a lovely stadium in the neighborhood, without any mention of costs involved or trade-offs in URA projects. Naturally, the Stadium proved a popular idea when it didn't have strings attached. Now, it is revealed that nearly $43 M of Stadium construction costs will come from the URA, and many projects will need to be slashed to accommodate it.
The Lents urban renewal advisory committee is scheduled to meet
on Thursday, June 18, at the Mount Scott Community Center to vote on the proposal
supported by Mayor Sam Adams and Commissioner Randy Leonard.
Opponents have planned a rally outside the community center for 5 pm.