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Friday, July 21, 2006

More on the Fire Station non-move

Larry Norton over on the O's Old Town blog has some interesting thoughts on this week's delinchpinization of the Portland Central Fire Station condo project, including:

[P]eople who wanted the station to move, for the most, either had a financial interest in the move or would not be one of the taxpayers footing the bill.

The Fire Department never wanted to move the station in the first place, nor did the Station Advisory Committee (SAC).

He also links to a wealth of documents on the whole now-dead project. (Look at how much time and money were spent on this dud.) And I'm gratified that he agrees with me that the PDC should go away and leave Saturday Market alone.

As they say, read the whole thing.

Comments (1)

LOL. Jack, you're just gloating because he quoted you! ;)

Obviously, this deal would have been a new tram. I don't know what happened, but somehow the wheels fell off. There must not have been that much money for the developer. BTW, I thought it was "delinchpinification" formally. *snark*

Posted by: Don Smith at July 21, 2006 11:19 AM

"look at how much time and money were spent on this dud".

I don't know if many of you know it , but an obscene amount of time (in the way of meetings) as well as money has been spent trying to figure out this Portland Saturday Market proposed move as well. I have a feeling that this will get pushed to the wayside as well.

Posted by: Portland Saturday Market Vendor at July 21, 2006 03:03 PM

We can only hope.

Posted by: Jack Bog at July 21, 2006 03:56 PM

The problem with our [Portland Saturday (Sunday too) Market] location is that we don't own it.

If someone offers an incentive to Naito's, or one of the other property owners, to not rent to us... sigh, it's just capitalism in action.

It would be nice if the city would remember the thousands of dollars we pay every year as licensed small businesses, and brought in through parking meters, among other things.

At least most of our neighbors appreciate the added business they get from our customer draw.

Posted by: Deb at July 22, 2006 10:06 AM

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