The Backers of Bringing Major League Baseball to Portland Have Placed Bids on Two Potential Stadium Sites—One on Each Side of the Willamette River
But this week, backers of an effort to bring a team to town are announcing they’ve made formal offers on two separate properties: the Portland Public Schools headquarters in the Lloyd District, and an industrial site in Northwest, which a source tells WW is the old Esco Corp. foundry site.
The group, which for now is calling itself the Portland Diamond Project, is hoping to lure the Oakland A’s north, or get MLB officials to grant Portland an expansion team.
So the Portland Diamond Project is hoping to entice the mayor with exactly that: a mixed-use development that ties 8,000 units of housing to a 32,000-seat stadium.
"Our team has commissioned a comprehensive economic study of both sites, and preliminary reports indicate both possess the right mix of infrastructure and proximity to Portland’s downtown," Cheek says. "Both districts have ample room for multifamily development, which can help alleviate Portland’s housing crisis."
But the backers already have a fight on their hands over one of the sites. Meyer Memorial Trust chief investment officer Rukaiyah Adams has been leading an effort to bring affordable housing to the Rose Quarter, called the Albina Vision, is a critic.
"Bringing an MLB team to Portland is interesting," she says. "However, locating a baseball stadium in Lower Albina does not fit with the Albina Vision, or the most pressing needs of the city for that matter. We’re not backing down from the Albina Vision. So get your peanuts and Cracker Jacks, and let’s play ball."