Metro Offers to Give Convention Center Hotel Opponents a Parking Lot


Government officials trying to build an Oregon Convention Center hotel have offered to give project opponent Gordon Sondland a parking lot in order to get him to drop three lawsuits against the project.Sondland, CEO of Provenance Hotels, has been battling a headquarters hotel at the convention center for a decade. But he's now negotiating with Metro to let the project proceed.WW reported Wednesday ...   More
Friday, May 8, 2015 by Aaron Mesh

Headquarters Hotel Opponent: Portland Isn't Getting the NBA All-Star Game, Hyatt or No Hyatt


A lawyer fighting the public financing of a Hyatt hotel at the Oregon Convention Center says the project won't make a difference in the Trail Blazers' bid for the NBA All-Star Game. Last week, WW reported that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told media that Portland's bid to host the 2017 or 2018 All-Star Game hinged on Portland having more hotel rooms—a veiled warning to build the Hyatt. Metro President ...   More
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 AARON MESH

Convention Center Hotel Opponents: County's Referral Decision is Outrageous

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Although it's not true that Lewis and Clark came here to build a headquarters hotel adjacent to the Oregon Convention Center, the machinations around the long-considered but never-built hotel have seemingly gone on forever. As WW reported today, there is yet another twist in the path leading to what Metro, which operates the convention center, hopes will be a $200 million, 600-room Hyatt Hotel. On ...   More
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Restaurant and Lodging Association Kicks Headquarters Hotel

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The Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association raised concerns today about the 600-room headquarters hotel Metro President Tom Hughes is proposing to build next to the Oregon Convention Center. ORLA is one the state's largest and best-financed trade associations,Metro, which operates the convention center, has already approved a $198 million hotel deal, which includes about $80 million in public money. ...   More
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

One Question: A Sustainability Center Or HQ Hotel—What Gets The Money?

Last month, the Portland Development Commission resumed negotiations on two long-debated projects requiring millions in public subsidies: an office tower in Southwest Portland without a carbon f   More
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 AARON MESH

Murmurs: The Zombie Projects

The hidden $111 million hotel subsidy revealed.

Metro has said publicly that a new headquarters hotel at the Oregon Convention Center would get a $10.4 million cash subsidy from the regional government and the City of Portland. But documents    More
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Panel Gives Mayor Sam Adams Cautious OK for HQ Hotel

At a time when the City of Portland is preparing to cut such basic services as street cleaning and pavement repair, prospects for a heavily-subsided 600-room "headquarters hotel" adjacent to the Oregon Convention Center are looking brighter. Earlier this month, a task force that Mayor Sam Adams asked to review the long-planned project gave a cautious thumbs-up to moving forward. "The Task Force ...   More
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS


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