Originally Posted by Delaney
Well since the issue of the LUBA appeal for the River District URA is mentioned...whose fault is this? Did PDC not see this coming? Did they not see that many Old Town projects were going to become pawns in the crazy satellite district idea? I know City Council played a role in the David Douglass debacle, but PDC is supposed to temper those expectations, not promise the moon and then let Rome burn and chalk it up to market conditions. My point is they should stick to doing the projects that they do well as you mention. The big picture, big headline projects are what they are addicted to and are why they keep falling flat.
There are two LUBA appeals in play... one for the satellite district that includes the David Douglas school district, and the second is the extension of the River District and the increased bonding capacity. The school district project was a pet project by Leonard (see: http://www.portlandtribune.com/news/...4680047013300)
Due to the 2007 passing of Measure 26-92, the mayor and the four city commissioner's now have control over the PDC's budget. Leonard wanted the school district expansion and it happened just as the PDC was extending the boundaries of the River District URA to include necessary projects in the Downtown Waterfront URA. The DTWFURA had a lack of money, and all of the Old Town projects (Resource Access Center, University Place, Uwajimaya, Grove hotel redevelopment, etc) needed public subsidy to move forward. They were not the main project managers, just gap financiers on the projects. With the funding in question now, these projects and some big ones in the River District (Centennial Mills, post acquisition development of the Post office site) can't move forward with a 100% guarantee that the money will be there after this appeal. All of the projects are on hold and are waiting until LUBA makes a decision.
The PDC legal department has been some pretty smart moves and has really reached out to this group, but they are not budging. It will be interesting to see how this shapes up.
For more info on Measure 26-92: (http://findarticles.com/p/articles/m..._/ai_n19066874