Hijacked Hyatt

The fiercest opponent of a Convention Center hotel now wants to take control of it.

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Hotel financier Gordon Sondland has been fighting for a decade to stop construction of a headquarters hotel at the Oregon Convention Center that will compete with his business. As CEO of Pro   More
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 AARON MESH

Metro Says Headquarters Hotel Deal Slipping Again

Oregon Convention Center

The decades-in-discussion Oregon Convention Center headquarters hotel is sliding into the future, Metro  says in an internal report."Negotiations between Metro and a developer proposing to build a hotel near the Oregon Convention Center are likely to carry into 2014, pushing back the project's timeline by a few months," Metro's in-house news editor Nick Christensen writes. All three branches of ...   More
Thursday, December 5, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss

Convention Center Hotel Opponents Offer List of Failed Hyatts


Metro Council President Tom Hughes didn't need say much to convince Portland City Council to cast the key votes for his long-desired $198 million Oregon Convention Center hotel. All five commissioners had tipped their hands well before the Wednesday vote. Yet when Hughes presented the plan at City Hall, he made a bold claim: The Hyatt-run hotel at the convention center would succeed, because Hyatts ...   More
Thursday, September 19, 2013 AARON MESH

Heartbreak Hotel

Despite fierce opposition, officials are set to approve $80 million in subsidies for a 600-room hotel at the Convention Center.

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The lot located at Northeast 3rd Avenue and Multnomah Street doesn’t look like much. There’s a debris-filled hole, where a former Teamsters union hall was demolished last week; a ramshackle    More
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS


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