The Rose Quarter will not host a new Portland Beavers ballpark, putting a potential location back in the city’s Lents neighborhood.
A proposed entertainment district next to the Rose Garden is officially off the table as the location of a new Portland Beavers (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) ballpark, as city officials revisit a Lents location.
No surprise: we reported last week the city was strongly considering keeping Memorial Coliseum at the behest of preservationists; putting a ballpark in the area meant the Coliseum would be demolished.
This puts ballpark planning where it was two months ago: with a less-than-optimal location and huge gaps in a funding plan. Beavers owner Merritt Paulson has proposed spending $88.8 million on a new Bevos ballpark and a renovation of PGE Park as a soccer-only facility for an MLS expansion franchise. Right now around $65 million or so in potential funding, including contributions from Paulson, have been identified. Obviously the funding gap needs to be addressed, as well as specifically how much Paulson will pay: he’s said in the past he’s willing to put less toward a Lents ballparks because it was a less desirable location than the Rose Quarter. He’s right about that, but structuring a deal that minimizes taxpayer exposure may require Paulson to put in even more than he’s anticipating right now.
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