Tonight the proposed re-development of the Rose Quarter lurches forward as Stakeholder Advisory Committee will listen to public presentations of the more than 95 different proposals.
Negotiations of the Memorial Coleseium’s future began in January 2009 under the direction of Mayor Sam Adams and have been proceeding ever since. The purpose of this project is to “create a vibrant, pedestrian-oriented mixed-use district that showcases leading edge sustainability practices, creates jobs and is well integrated and connected with the surrounding neighborhood.”
The City of Portland, Portland Development Commission and Portland Arena Management all agree that the new development is needed to create a vibrancy at the Rose Quarter.
A variety of different concepts were submitted to suggest what should be done next to the Memorial Coliseum. Some concepts include rock gym, a sustainability center, a shelter for the homeless, an aquarium, an open-air market, and the Blazers’ proposal: Jumptown.
The Blazers’ proposal appears to be one of the slickest and most thought out. It also doesn’t hurt that they have development rights to the Rose Quarter.
Nevertheless, concepts that have been submitted between November 2009 and January 8, 2010 will have their chance to shine at this evening’s presentation. Each individual or group will be given 5 minutes to wow the 32-member Stakeholder Advisory Committee and the general audience with their proposed concept. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the event is scheduled to run until 9 p.m.
But you need a ticket to get in, which can be downloaded here.
The Portland Observer will be at the event tonight, and will have coverage on our blog tomorrow.