March 26th, 2009 5:33 pm | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: City Hall

Some Economic Hiccups on Portland's Path to Sustainability

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Last October, then-Mayor-Elect Sam Adams announced big plans for the North Broadway building known as the leftbank project.

In Adams' speech back then at the "Go Green" conference, Adams announced that two organizations set up to market the city and the state's sustainability cred, PDX Lounge and Portland + Oregon Sustainability Institute would be setting up shop in the leftbank building. PDX Lounge was going to have 3,500 square feet and P + OSI would have had 1,200 square feet.

That's all over now.

Colin Sears, sustainable industries director for the city-owned Portland Development Commission, told WW that the city's budgetary woes have prompted the scrapping of plans to move the two groups into the leftbank building.

"The City has made a decision not to pursue a phsycial space in the leftbank project because of the poor economy," Sears says. "The decision not to go forward will eliminate large overhead for design and build out of the physical space."

Sears says the decision will save at least $300,000 for PDX Lounge and an additional unspecified amount for P + OSI. Both efforts will continue under the guidance of the city's newly formed Bureau of Planning and Sustainable Development and PDC.

Sears says both PDX Lounge and P +OSI are slated to be part of the planned $80 million Sustainability Center of Excellence that boosters hope will be built near the Portland State University campus beginning next year.
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