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  1. santeesioux

    santeesioux Just keep on scrolling by

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    A lot of people are asking me about the latest news on the The Portland Diamond Project. The effort to bring Major League Baseball to Portland starts with a stadium, right?

    Here's what I know:

    -- The Portland Diamond Project withdrew its offer on the Portland Public Schools site. It was 13.5 acres. It was a great site, and would have been easily executable, but there was push back from some community groups and the PDP decided it had better options that also respected the wishes of those groups. I wouldn't view the pull back on the PPS site as anything more than the Portland Diamond Project abandoning the offer and zeroing in on their preferred site.

    -- I've learned that the Portland Diamond Project has already secured land rights outside the City of Portland. It's a back-up site, however. The intention of the group is to build inside the city limits. I'll try to nail down what that back-up site is, but my best hunch points toward something on the river inside the city limits of Milwaukie.

    -- The Diamond Project earlier made a preliminary bid for industrial property in Northwest Portland owned by ESCO Corp., which was snapped up by other developers for $33 million. They were also interested in city-owned Terminal One., but it was sold to Lithia Motors for $11.1 million.

    -- The PDP will unveil and announce their agreement on their preferred site this month, I'm told. So that's roughly three weeks maximum. That announcement is going to be made in the month of November. Simple process of elimination given the sites that have already been reported/eliminated leaves city-owned Terminal Two as a strong possibility. It's on the bank of the Willamette River, northwest of the Fremont Bridge. I don't have that confirmed. Purely educated conjecture. But it would be a great site and that's what I know there.

    -- I'm also told from people in the ballpark design world that the preferred site is unlike anything that has ever been done. That's exciting. But I want to see some renderings before I go all in on that. When I get them, I'll give them to you here. Until then, I'm thinking translucent roof? Natural grass? You?

    -- There is a third site in play. Probably another back-up site. It's being handled very hush-hush, however. That tells me it's probably already tied up in some other way. I'm looking hard at other large plots of possibly available real estate in the Portland city limits. The 33-acre plot owned by Zidell Yards comes immediately to mind. Especially since they're on record as having already met with the Portland Diamond Project. It's directly on the Willamette and makes great use of the Tilikum Bridge. A city official told me the Zidell family is having extensive meetings with Zidell Yards this week. The development plan that the city and Zidell had teamed up on originally is in serious jeopardy. If that can't be rectified this week, I expect it becomes an attractive option for Portland's ballpark.

    More as I know it...

    https://www.oregonlive.com/sports/o...dex.ssf/2018/11/portland_diamond_project.html
     
  2. PtldPlatypus

    PtldPlatypus This is what it looks like when a platypus cries. Staff Member Moderator

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    PDP, how can I explain it, I'll take it frame by frame it, to have y'all jumpin', shoutin', sayin' it...
     
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    I'm not aware of ant site along the river that is in Milwaukie City limits unless its the piece next to (south) Waverly CC.
    I remember the last guys a few years back talked about the site off 205 and Lawnfield rd where antenna's are standing. It would actually be a perfect site as its close right off 205 back against Mt.Talbert flat and ready.
     
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    Looking at the Milwaukie map, what is currently at River Front park? The satellite image does not look much like a park.
     
  7. kjironman1

    kjironman1 Back from 0-2!

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    I wonder how much Eastmoreland Golf course would cost?
     
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    It’s going to be Zidell Yards or terminal 2

    Most likely terminal 2 no way these guys would have the stadium in the burbs.. that just doesn’t make any sense
     
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    Ok I'm back on board. Not a scam.
     
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    Not near large enough. The piece from Johnson Creek to waverly cc is a peninsula that could be developed.
     
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    You are probably right but why a back up plan in the Milwaukie.
     
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    To scare the city. The city would be damn to pass on this when they are not putting up any money other than the normal street and sewer upgrades..

    This is a huge tax generator for them. This is probably the last little negotiations that are probably going on
     
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    Fez Von Savage スーパーバッド Zero Cool

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    Zidell would be an amazing location.
     
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    I'm hoping for a baseball team by next season!
     
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    Yea it would.. with the condos there and the tillkum bridge that would be a sweet location
     
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    You do realize that this outlook isn't even physically possible, right?
     
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    Better than term 2...
     
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    I know for sure, however, City of Portland Management now is what concerns me. Lets put it this way, I don't see them being aggressive in getting something done. Just not in their DNA, unless its motors scooters or food carts.
     
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    That'd be a horrible site for me
     
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    Where would it fit? Between the Ross Island Bridge and Tillikum Crossing?
     

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