Commissioner Randy Leonard and Merritt Paulson went before the Lents community
Tuesday night and told the neighborhood they would need $2 million from the Lents Town Center Urban Renewal Area
to pay for new park space taken from Lents by the new proposed Triple-A baseball stadium. Leonard and Paulson both said the baseball stadium would "impact" one soccer field.
But Portland Parks and Recreation just crunched the numbers and came up with vastly different figures.
The differences point to huge discrepancies about the stadium's impact on the park and how much it would cost to mitigate the proposed changes.
They also point to the lack of clarity on the baseball-soccer deal, which still doesn't have a pre-development agreement despite an already-expired April 15 deadline. Finally, the differences suggest there could be a new battle on the horizon over the proposed location of the baseball stadium, adding to the protests from advocates for affordable housing who are upset about the project's impact on Lents' ability to pay for housing improvements for low-income residents.
Parks has three estimates:
• If the city builds only a stadium, the project would take seven acres of Lents Park and would require $6.65 million for land, $4.9 million for parkland improvements and $1.3 million
for design and soft costs for a total of $12.9 million.
• If the city builds a stadium and parking lots in Lents Park, the project would take 10 acres and require $9.5 million for land, $7 million for parkland improvements and $1.9 million
for design and soft costs for a total of $18.4 million.
• If the city builds a stadium, parking and office spaces, the project would take 16 acres and require $16 million for land, $11.2 million for parkland improvements and $1.7 million
for design and soft costs for a total cost of $28.9 million.
Lents Park is currently 38 acres.