Wednesday, June 17, 2009

URAC vote postponed, Friends will still rally before Thursday hearing

PORTLAND, Ore. — Members of the Lents Town Center Urban Renewal Advisory Committee have decided to postpone a vote on whether to fund construction of a professional baseball stadium in Lents Park.

The committee will still have a meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 18, which will follow an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Mount Scott Community Center, at the corner of Southeast 72nd Avenue and Southeast Harold Street.

According to an e-mail from staff at the Portland Development Commission, 13 members of the URAC were polled as to whether a vote should occur on Thursday. "The vast majority preferred to postpone the URAC vote," the e-mail said.

The vote is now scheduled for a 7 p.m. meeting on Thursday, June 25. A location has not been decided.

Opponents of a plan to spend $42 million in urban renewal money on a professional baseball stadium in Lents Park are planning a rally during the June 18 open house.

The rally is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday, June 18, at the Mount Scott Community Center.

More than 800 people have signed a petition expressing their opposition to the plan to build a stadium for the Portland Beavers in Lents Park. That petition will be submitted to the URAC at its June 18 meeting.

Several members of Friends of Lents Park are planning on testifying before the URAC.

Friends of Lents Park
This grassroots group of Lents area residents seeks to preserve, maintain and enhance Lents Park as Open Space in its entirety, for the enjoyment of future generations. It supports the neighborhood and surrounding community in all uses of the park that are consistent with this mission.

Lents Park
The park is a 38-acre green space in the heart of Lents. It features walking paths, playgrounds, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, basketball courts and a community garden — all of which are teeming with activity most days of the week. It also has hundreds of old trees, many of which would be cut down for construction of a stadium.


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