Mayor Sam Adams Moving Forward With Soccer Deal


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While Commissioner Randy Leonard has committed to voting against the Major League Soccer deal going forward now that Beavers/Timbers owner Merritt Paulson announced he's done with the baseball stadium proposal in Lents, Mayor Sam Adams announced this afternoon that "the City's mission is clear: focus our energies on guaranteeing that Portland is the new home of a Major League Soccer team." While ...   More
 
Friday, June 19, 2009 HANK STERN

Dan Saltzman Also Ready To Move Forward On Soccer Deal


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Commissioner Dan Saltzman said this afternoon that he still plans to vote for the Major League Soccer deal going forward in a revamped PGE Park, despite Beavers/Timbers owner Merritt Paulson's announcement that he's pulling out of the deal's other piece — moving the minor-league baseball Beavers to a proposed stadium in Lents. Saltzman says he's not a soccer fan but thinks there's a buzz ...   More
 
Friday, June 19, 2009 HANK STERN

What Amanda Fritz and Nick Fish Say About Major League Soccer Now


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Well, the final two City Council voices are now in on this resolution (PDF) that proposes moving forward on negotiations to revamp PGE Park by 2011 for a Major League Soccer team separately from plans to find a new home to build a minor-league baseball stadium for the Portland Beavers. Commissioner Amanda Fritz said this evening that she stands by her original objections to tapping urban renewal ...   More
 
Friday, June 19, 2009 HANK STERN

Randy Leonard Says City Is Now Exploring The Possibility of A Third Site for Baseball


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Commissioner Randy Leonard pledged last week to vote no on his resolution [PDF] committing the city to go forward with Merritt Paulson, owner of the Portland Timbers soccer team and Beavers baseball team, following Paulson's decision to withdraw his proposal for building a new minor league baseball stadium in Lents. The deal, which officially divorces the revamping of PGE Park for Major League ...   More
 
Monday, June 22, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Brian Grant Takes The Mound (UPDATED with a "Never Mind")


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The Portland Beavers have had added a nice touch to next Wednesday's Triple-A All-Star game in PGE Park — ex-Portland Trail Blazer Brian Grant will was going to throw out the first pitch. Grant, who recently revealed he had Parkinson's disease, is a fan favorite for Portlanders who remember him well as a stand-up guy on and off the court during his stint with the Blazers from 1997 to ...   More
 
Thursday, July 9, 2009 HANK STERN

The Beaverton Beavers? Mayor Doyle Responds.


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The Beaverton Beavers may not be just the name of a high school mascot, if Merritt Paulson and the City of Portland don't find a new location for the Portland Beavers Triple-A baseball team in the City of Roses by Aug. 1. Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle is in France for most of the week on a visit to a sister city. But word is leaking out anyway that Beaverton officials have, in fact, reached out ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Portland City Council OK's Remodel of PGE Park For Major League Soccer


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The $31 million revamp of PGE Park, which will allow Major League Soccer to begin play there in 2011 and force the Portland Beavers to find a new baseball home, was approved Thursday by the City Council. The vote on the resolution (PDF) authorizing the city's term sheet (or as Mayor Sam Adams put it, the "basic concepts and shape" of the deal with more definitive details to come) with Merritt ...   More
 
Thursday, July 23, 2009 HANK STERN

Portland's Major League Soccer Deadline Extended Until Winter


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Portland's tentative deal with Merritt Paulson to bring Major League Soccer to PGE Park, a deal City Council approved July 23, expires today. The deadline —which had moved from Sept. 1 initially to Oct. 1— to negotiate all the details of the final financial agreement has now been extended until December or January, when construction was to begin on the renovation project, according ...   More
 
Thursday, October 1, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Biggi Family To Beaverton: We're Not Playing Ball On A Stadium Deal


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So much for any prospect that the Biggi family in Beaverton might change its mind and willingly sell its property around the now-defunct Westgate Theater so the Portland Beavers could move into a new minor league baseball stadium there. After the jump is the statement released this morning by the Biggi family — a major landowner in Beaverton and the principals in an 80-year-old horseradish- ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 HANK STERN

Preliminary Sketches of Remodeled PGE Park


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A preliminary design for a remodeled PGE Park went before the City of Portland's Design Commission on Sept. 17, even as financial negotiations between Portland and Merritt Paulson stalled. That design (pictured above) calls for a Providence Health & Services rehabilitation center at the stadium's southeast corner on Southwest 18th Avenue. The Design Commission expects new drawings Nov. ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

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