City of Portland Bureau of Planning and SustainabilityCentral City 2035: West Quadrant PlanProject UpdatesMay 2013West Quadrant Team Identifying Issues and Opportunities with CommunityThe West Quadrant Plan team held three public events in April to continue gathering information about issues and opportunities in the area. The West Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) held its second meeting on April 1 and discussed important systems, including transportation, parks the Willamette River and green systems. At the third meeting on April 22, the SAC broke out in small discussion groups covering three West Quadrant subareas (the Pearl District, Goose Hollow and South Waterfront). The team also met with the Downtown Neighborhood Association on April 8.All the input from these events will work together to inform the next stages of the plan development. For more information and updates on the WQP project, please visit the News & Updates page of the CC2035 website.Reader and SurveyTo kick off the West Quadrant Plan, the project team developed the West Quadrant Reader and accompanying online survey. A short newspaper-like document outlining issues, opportunities and ideas for Portland’s West Quadrant, the Reader is a starting point for public conversation about the West Quadrant. It also provides background information to help people give feedback via an online survey. The West Quadrant Issues and Opportunities Survey seeks community input on topics such as housing, transportation and neighborhood services. It is available online through May 10, 2013 (only two more weeks!).Upcoming May EventsDowntown Work Session – one week from today!Thursday, May 2, 2013, 4 – 6:30 p.m.1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 7APlease join us for a work session to learn about the WQP planning process, and help define issues that should be addressed as well as opportunities and ideas for the future. This work session will cover all the areas within the Downtown Neighborhood Association boundary. During the event, attendees will split into small groups and discuss specific areas including the Downtown retail core and waterfront, the West End, PSU, South Auditorium and RiverPlace.West Quadrant Plan SAC Meeting #4Monday, May 20, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.City of Portland 1900 Building, 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500AThe subarea discussion will continue, focusing on Old Town/Chinatown, Downtown, the West End and South DowntownWest Quadrant Plan ProjectThe West Quadrant Plan will provide detailed planning for Central City areas on the west side of the Willamette River. Check out the project website atwww.portlandoregon.gov/bps/cc2035/westquad. To learn more about upcoming events, check out theproject calendar. We hope to see you in the coming months!For print copies of theWest Quadrant Reader, to schedule a presentation about the project to your community groups, or if you have any questions about the West Quadrant Plan, please contact:Elisa Hamblin, AICPPlanner – Central City Team(503) email@example.com
Article from the NW Examiner July 2010 edition.
More than two years after construction was to begin, no one knows when work will start on Fields Park, the final and by far largest of three Pearl parks.
The project is hung up on negotiations between the city and Hoyt Street Properties (HSP), the development firm that in 1997 agreed to donate land for the parks in exchange for removal of the Lovejoy viaduct, provision of streetcar service and relaxation of zoning rules.
City Commissioner Nick Fish has stepped into the negotiations, but there is no word on what kind of settlement will be reached or when.
Things began going sideways a year after Hoyt Street President Homer Williams closed the 1997 deal with the city and Portland Development Commission.
No one foresaw that within a year the Parks Bureau would institute system development charges (SDCs), a citywide system of fees on new construction to underwrite creation and maintenance of public parks.
One estimate puts these charges at about $2,800 per unit for typical Pearl buildings.
Hoyt Street Properties got full credit for the value of its land donated for Jamison Park, a credit it used against SDCs applied to the new buildings it was churning out...
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