At the upcoming PDC Board meeting on May 11th, 3:00pm, the Portland Development Commission is expected to vote to use $375,000 of tax-increment funding to support updates to the Memorial Coliseum. This comes after the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods had voted to oppose Interstate Corridor urban renewal funds for the Rose Quarter. In this case the funds will come from the soon to expire Oregon Convention Center URA which will be folded into the Interstate Corridor project.
This action will benefit the public as it will create both construction and permanent jobs by allowing public funds to be used to make improvements to VMC (Veterans’ Memorial Coliseum). Improvements to VMC will revitalize and update the facility which will encourage more use as well as make the building more energy efficient. VMC improvements will also preserve this historic structure as a key component of the broader Rose Quarter redevelopment.
Read the Board Report on the proposed amendment here.
The meeting agenda is here.
PDC and the City of Portland are in the midst of a public process to determine the future of the Memorial Coliseum. Over 95 concepts were submitted through an online application process. Several options will be considered by the Rose Quarter Stakeholder Advisory Committee (RQ SAC) during the month of February. The SAC will issue a recommendation to the City Council on proposals to further investigate through a Request for Proposals process.
To visit the project website: www.RoseQuarterDevelopment.org.
To visit websites developed for proposed concepts, and to view the full range of concepts go to the following site: http://rosequarterdevelopment.org/Concept_Summaries.php
The next RQ SAC meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 9th at 5:00 pm at the Portland Development Commission (222 NW 5th Avenue). Please feel welcome to attend to hear the discussion and to provide input during the public comment period. Please contact Kevin Brake with any questions or concerns.
KEVIN M. BRAKE
Senior Project / Program Coordinator
PORTLAND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
Five of the teams that submitted concepts for the redevelopment of the Memorial Coliseum have been invited by the Rose Quarter Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) to present their project visions at the Tuesday, Feb. 23 SAC meeting. That meeting is scheduled from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and will be held at the Portland Development Commission, 222 NW 5th Avenue.
Each team will be given approximately 10 minutes to present their plan for the redevelopment or adaptive reuse of the Memorial Coliseum. Following the fifth presentation, the SAC will lead a 30 minute question and answer session with team representatives. Two additional teams that submitted full concepts have been invited to participate in the question and answer session.
“Through the online submission process, online evaluations, presentations and Q&A session, the SAC has received a considerable amount of information on the proposals,” said Mayor Sam Adams, SAC chair. “Following the presentations, I expect that the Committee will be able to make a well informed recommendation as to which teams will be asked to progress to the next stage of this process.” The SAC will make a recommendation to Portland City Council in March. Council will then request full proposals from the selected teams.
The five teams presenting Tuesday night are: Community Crossroads; Memorial Athletic & Recreation Center (MARC); Portland Action Sports Complex; the Trailblazers and Winterhawks Concept; and Veterans Memorial Arts and Athletic Center (VMAAC). The two teams that have been invited to participate in the question and answer session are OregonXperience and Jewel in a Box.
To review each of the concept summaries and for more information on the Memorial Coliseum process, please visit: www.rosequarterdevelopment.org
Charlie Burr of public relations firm Edelman, will present the new JumpTown concept for revitalizing the Rose Quarter at our next meeting on November 18th. The November meeting was delayed a week due to the Veterans Day holiday. Edelman represents the Trail Blazers and Portland Arena Management on development plans for the Memorial Coliseum and vicinity. The JumpTown name conjures the jazz history of the area prior to its bulldozing in the wake of urban renewal. Once a thriving neighborhood and now a sea of concrete, much attention has been paid as of late as to how to breathe life back into the district.
Come next Wednesday and see if this is the right idea and if it can benefit the residents of NE Portland.