Sarah Mirk and Ron Knox at the Portland Mercury has a good article on the Trail Blazers’ efforts to bring the Cordish Companies, a large development firm with a controversial past, to Portland to transform the Rose Quarter into “Jumpown.”
The Portland Observer has reported on the “Power & Light District” in Kansas City, a property developed by Cordish, that was highly controversial.
Business leaders and labor leaders claimed that the company broke its promises to hire minority leaders.
But Mirk and Knox dug up a key fact that I wasn’t able to find by press time:
Kansas City’s official economic data backs up Cordish. Sandra Rayford of the Kansas City Economic Development Corporation says Cordish reached the city’s 15 percent goal for minority hiring and came just one percent short of meeting its female contractor requirements—a shortfall the city overlooked, she says.
The re-development of the Rose Quarter has been one of Mayor Sam Adams’ big priorities. He appointed a committee to take a look at proposals submitted by the public.
So far it has received a broad range of proposals.
On Jan. 26 a public meeting will be held to get comment from the public.