A port-of-entry for a proposed $3.4 billion development in the southwest corner of Portland is up for grabs, and developers are fighting to win it.
A preliminary review of the site by the Oregon Development Commission found a combination of factors that make it “unlikely” the Port would move forward with plans for a new golf course.
In a letter to Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Chris Tolbert, the commissioners wrote that they were “unaware of any credible development alternatives” and urged Hales to reconsider.
A key piece of the commission’s assessment of the development is the location of the project, which is located along the former site of the Portland Police and Fire stations.
The proposed development includes a new police station, a shopping center, a residential project and a restaurant.
The commissioners are now taking a closer look at the development as they consider whether to accept a new development application.
Hales spokeswoman Jessica Breen told The Oregonian/OregonLive the mayor and commissioners “have an open mind” about the project and are “looking at it as a possible alternative.”
A spokeswoman for Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling, who is in favor of the golf course proposal, told The Associated Press in a statement that the mayor will review the commissioners’ recommendation and respond to them when they return.