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The Start of the Battle over "Burnside Bridgehead"

The latest gentrification zone in Portland will be in the area around the east end of the Burnside Bridge. But what gets done there by developers is still an open debate. Are you ready for the struggle?
Y'all have certainly noticed changes in lower East Burnside. It is
officially a PDC urban renewal area (mostly a good thing, though that
could be argued long and hard).

Part of the project is creating an "anchor" complex at the end of the
bridge. The PDC is entertaining three proposals - two of which would
involve bringing "big box" retail stores (a Home Depot or a Lowe's)
into the heart of Portland. The third proposal would house all local
businesses (including a "chef's cooperative"). An article about the
issue can be found here:
 http://communique.portland.or.us/04/12/battle_over_burnside_bridgehead_begins.html

I've heard rumors and people talking as if it were a sure thing that
the Home Depot was going to go in. This is not true! I wanted to let
everyone know that there's still a chance to keep these blights at
bay. The PDC is having a presentation on the proposals on Thursday
(the 9th) (that's tomorrow), and a "public workshop to gather input"
on the Monday after that.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2004, 4 PM
Public presentation of the Burnside Bridgehead development proposals.
(since there's a separate meeting for public input, i assume this is
just a presentation)> State of Oregon Bldg
> 800 NE Oregon, Rm 140

MONDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2004, 5 PM
Discussion/workshop of the Burnside Bridgehead proposals
Public Workshop to gather input from presentations of Burnside
Bridgehead Developer Proposals> State of Oregon Bldg
> 800 NE Oregon, Rm 140

(These dates and more information can be found on the PDC's page
 http://www.pdc.us/ura/eastside.asp )

homepage: homepage: http://www.pdc.us/ura/eastside.asp


terrible location for a Home Depot. 08.Dec.2004 22:05

me

I'm ready for a fight. There's already a Home Depot at Mall 205- 10 minutes away. Besides that, there's one out by the airport. Isn't that close enough? Now, a chef's cooperative, that sounds interesting. It's an urban location and should have a store, or group of stores that better fit an urban setting. This isn't freakin' Beaverton, for crying out loud. How about something that would make sense in a location where people would be walking, or riding their bikes? Not a Home Depot or Lowe's where people are driving their gargantuan pickups and loading up on lumber and bathtubs.

Please Read these Studies 09.Dec.2004 13:32

jbk

In case you didn't know the PDC has a study posted on their website that says the current favorites as an anchor tenent for the Burnside Bridgehead Project are Home Depot, Target, and Costco in that order. Take a look at PDC study it's funny.

The first study was commisioned by our PDC:
 link to www.pdc.us

For a second opinion on chain stores in general, I recommended is called the Andersonville study of Retail Economics and was done in Chicago:
 http://civiceconomics.com/Andersonville/AndersonvilleStudy.pdf

PDC Study sites it's key finding as:

Home Depot or Target would best execute the City's retail strategy (the reason given for that strategy and I'm qouting here - was that "a number of downtown residents spoke of the need for a hardware store") AND the Close-in and Central Eastside Portland areas are currently "underserved" by Costco, Home Depot and Target.

Whereas the Andersonville study's key findings are:

locally-owned businesses generate a 70% local premium in enhanced economic impact vs chain stores AND consumers surveyed strongly prefer the neighborhood over the agglomerations of common chain stores.

Funny how the study that the PDC paid for found exactly what they wanted to find - that we need a home depot, costco, or target. Come to think of it, the Close-in neighborhood is "underserved" by a large oil refinery too. Perhaps we could ask the Petroleum Refining industry to "fill" that need. I've asked the American Petroleum Institute to send a last minute proposal...then the PDC could come out with a study confirming that "a few residents said there was need for a refinery" and we'll be on the way :)

If you can't wait to find out what your new Inner-SE Home Depot, Costco, or Target will look like:

This Thursday, December 9 from 4-7pm there will be developer presentations of the three proposed plans. Followed by Q and A sessions. 800 NE Oregon Street.

Monday, December 13th, 5-7pm, public workshop to discuss and comment on the three proposals that were presented on December 9th. This is *the* place to express your concerns or love of anything proposed...and also to suggest changes. Also held at 800 NE Oregon St.

Oh and to find out more about Petroleum Refining check out:
 http://api-ec.api.org/newsplashpage/index.cfm

yes - let's organize 09.Dec.2004 17:27

robert robertlouismedina@yahoo.com

i'm prepared to show up at this meeting on monday and speak in favor of a complex of local businesses. who else?

Infill 09.Dec.2004 18:26

Gary

I dont think you understand what is at stake. If youre against sprawl you HAVE to be for urban renewal. Infill is crucial for urban renewal. This area bridgehead is a disgusting waste of space while beautiful wetlands are under assault in the Metro area.
Yes, since Measure 37 tragically passed there are already plans to drain wetlands for new subdivisions. Google "Measure 37" "news" to see what I mean. What better business would encourage RESIDENTIAL urban renewal than an inner city Home Depot? Believe it or not this urban renewal will probably have a booster effect for surrounding inner city businesses. Local businesses too!

I don't know, Gary 10.Dec.2004 20:12

Robert rolorome@yahoo.com

Isn't there a hardware store on about tenth and East Burnside, a locally owned (and quite unique) place called Hippo Hardware? If Home Depot came in to that neighborhood wouldn't they be able to undersell Hippo by quite a bit, due to the fact that they're a multi-million dollar corporation?

To argue that supporting Home Depot in any way might combat sprawl is akin, in my mind, to saying that supporting Wal Mart would the same.

Also, in terms of homogenization, wouldn't driving through central Portland and seeing a giant Home Depot (see above reference to said entity as a multi-million dollar corporation) detract from the city's allure as a safehaven of uniqueness in a rapidly growing strip mall of a nation? Wouldn't it be better to promote a complex of locally owned businesses that would create jobs and keep money in the local economy?

My eyes and ears are open.

More Waste of Spaces 12.Dec.2004 11:03

Gary's Friend

Yeah what Gary said - "you HAVE to be for urban renewal. Infill is crucial for urban renewal. This area bridgehead is a disgusting waste of space" Come to think of it there are more digusting wastes of spaces around town to let's not stop at the Bridge, we should plop Home Depots and Costcos on more sites around town. There's that Park up near 39th and Stark with all those hidious disgusting trees and the basketball court that doesn't server neighborhood residents! Also, that place on 20th and stark with all those graves (what do you call those places) come on we need infill and condo's in this city not graves and dead people who are just wasting space! Come on people if you don't listen to me and Gary and start putting in more condo's and Home Depot's were all gonna die.