Mayor Charlie Hales Will Nominate Two New Portland Development Commissioners


Mayor Charlie Hales today announced the names of two new nominees for the five-member Portland Development Commission. Hales is nominating Gustavo Cruz, a business lawyer with the Ater Wynne firm and Willi Meyers, executive secretary of the Columbia Pacific Building and Construction Trades Council. The PDC, the city's economic development and urban renewal agency, is Hales' most flexible tool for ...   More
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Portland Development Commission Trying to Sell Six Vacant Acres in Lents

But what about the New Copper Penny?


The Portland Development Commission has spent more than $96 million in the past 16 years trying to resurrect the East Portland neighborhood of Lents. As WW reported in January, the PDC wound up sitting on 12 acres, most of them vacant because the city's urban renewal agency tore down the buildings.Today, the PDC announced it's trying to sell half that property to developers.The PDC has issued a request ...   More
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 AARON MESH

Market of No Choice

PDC looks at a new, high-end grocery downtown, far from where the city needs one most.

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More than 17,500 people in Portland don’t have easy access to supermarkets or full-service grocery stores—a problem city officials say they want to fix.     Many of their neighborho   More
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 HANNAH HOFFMAN

Portland Development Commission Announces Layoffs


The Portland Development Commission announced today that it is laying off 17 employees. The layoffs come as no surprise as then-Executive Director Bruce Warner in January announced large budget cuts. The city-owned agency generates most of its operating budget from urban renewal districts, which produce less money as they age.Here's the announcement from PDC spokesman Shawn Uhlman:·       ...   More
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Mayor-elect Sam Adams Blows Up PDC — And Why Nick Fish Is All Smiles About It

The systematic dismantling of the city-owned Portland Development Commission took a major leap forward today. In perhaps the most consequential decision from his reorganization of the City that Works, Mayor-elect Sam Adams took away the Portland Development Commission's responsibilities for housing. And as a result, now gone are 42 of the agency's 209 employees (about 20 percent of the staff) ...   More
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 NIGEL JAQUISS

Say Sayonara to Metro's Proposed Convention Center Hotel

Barring a last-minute miracle, Metro, City of Portland and Multnomah County leaders will pull the plug Monday morning on the latest chapter in the long-running effort to finance a so-called "headquarters hotel" next to the Oregon Convention Center. Speaking on background, sources familiar with the decision-making process say that the hotel is dead unless Mayor-elect Sam Adams produces a previously ...   More
Saturday, December 6, 2008 NIGEL JAQUISS

City Prevails on Most Points in Controversial David Douglas Satellite District

OK, that headline might be a little confusing but so is the underlying issue. Here's what you need to know: Last March, Portland's City Council voted to use some money from the River District Urban Renewal Area build a new school in the David Douglas school district on land east Portland school district already owns. That was a novel plan, given that David Douglas is about 10 miles away from ...   More
Monday, January 5, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Merritt Pay? PDC Revisits Convention Center Piggy Bank

One of the big questions around Portland Beavers/Timbers owner Merritt Paulson's proposal to bring Major League Soccer to Portland is what's going to be the source for the $85 million needed to renovate PGE Park and build a new AAA stadium for the Beavers? A seemingly innocuous late-Friday announcement from the Portland Development Commission (below) may provide an answer. The PDC, the city's ...   More
Friday, December 19, 2008 NIGEL JAQUISS

Adams Juggles Competing Demands for Urban Renewal Dollars

This week, Mayor Sam Adams made an unscheduled appearance at a meeting of the Oregon Convention Center Urban Renewal Advisory Committee. Although that group may be obscure, it is involved in overseeing money earmarked for projects crucial to Adams' vision for Portland. The group was meeting Tuesday Monday afternoon to discuss its budget—which shows that it has about $35 million to spend ...   More
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS


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