Check Out The Names on Mayor-Elect's Stadium Task Force

Some interesting names on the task force Mayor-elect Sam Adams has put together to evaluate the merits of Merritt Paulson's proposal to renovate PGE Park for a Major League Soccer franchise and build a new stadium somewhere else in town for the baseball Beavers. One sign that Adams is taking Paulson's proposal seriously: the counsel to the committee is heavyweight lawyer Steve Janik, who worked ...   More
Tuesday, November 25, 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

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

Proposed PGE Park Deal Gets International Ink

Portland Beavers and Timbers owner Merritt Paulson's proposal to bring Major League Soccer to Portland —while renovating PGE Park and building a new baseball stadium somewhere in town for the Beavers— got ink in the Manchester (U.K.) Guardian this week. One of the authors, Jules Boykoff, played collegiate soccer for the University of Portland and later played professionally. He's ...   More
Friday, January 16, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Soccer Deal Comes To A Vote Tomorrow. Here's What To Watch For

Mayor Sam Adams and City Commissioner Randy Leonard this morning rolled out their draft agreement (PDF) with Portland Beavers/Timbers owner Merritt Paulson to renovate PGE Park into a soccer-specific facility and build a new ballpark for the Beavers where Memorial Coliseum is now located. Total cost of the deal: $88.785 million. This afternoon, proponents of the deal are lobbying skeptics, including ...   More
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Swing Vote Saltzman Wavering On Soccer/Baseball Deal

City Commissioner Dan Saltzman walked into last week's hearing at City Hall on Portland's controversial stadium-building deal with Merritt Paulson prepared to offer a new amendment calling for a 120-day "time out" on Mayor Sam Adams' rushed deal. Instead, out of "deference to the mayor," Saltzman says he withheld the amendment on the city's deal with Paulson, owner of the Timbers soccer team ...   More
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Potty Parity Please at PGE Park

As if the powers behind a new minor-league baseball stadium in the Rose Quarter and revamping PGE Park for Major League Soccer didn't have enough to worry about, now this longstanding concern about potty parity at stadiums has made it to the front page of today's New York Times. Fortunately, Portland already has its own commissioner concerned with all things potty. We're sure he's already on ...   More
Monday, April 13, 2009 HANK STERN

What Toronto Learned about MLS that Portland Hasn't?

Mayor Sam Adams is moving fast on plans to tear down Memorial Coliseum and start construction on a new minor-league baseball stadium for Merritt Paulson in the Rose Quarter. At the same time, city leaders and Paulson are trying to finalize Paulson's other plans -- to rebuild PGE Park for his new Major League Soccer team. During a two-day planning process convened by the mayor earlier this week ...   More
Thursday, April 9, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Adams Announces Proposed Locations for Baseball: Bye-Bye Memorial Coliseum

About 30 people met all day Monday and Tuesday, at Mayor Sam Adams' direction, to design a new Rose Quarter district that would accommodate a new stadium for both Merritt Paulson's AAA baseball Beavers and the Trail Blazers' longstanding plans for an entertainment zone. And this afternoon, Adams publicly announced at a 4 p.m. press conference what was previously just a possibility: That the ...   More
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Parks: $13 Million to $29 Million Needed to Replace Portions of Lents Park

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 ...   More
Thursday, May 14, 2009 BETH SLOVIC


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