Creative Portland Questions Sale of Space Next to Eastland to Owner; It’s In The Heart of the Arts District

Andy Graham, Chair, Creative Portland Corporation

By Carol McCracken (Post # 1,040)

Not so fast was the sentiment of Creative Portland Corporation at its board meeting on Wednesday, December 7, 2011. The concern was over recent news reports that the city may be considering selling the Park adjacent to the historic, 84 year old, landmark so a ballroom can be built.

RockBridge partners bought the Eastland earlier this year and announced that it would undergo extensive updating.

“The city is responding rather than putting out an RFP,” said Andy Graham, chairman of the Committee. “What are the other opportuniies for development of such an important piece of property near the Portland Museum of Art and a fancy hotel? What else could be there?” asked Graham of the Board. Another board member photographer Arthur Fink noted that something that will benefit the Eastland should be looked at with a view as to how to make it part of the arts district.

Graham said that from newspaper accounts it seemed this was a “done deal.” Councilor David Marshall who is on the Congress Square Redesign Committee said: “It is not a done deal.”

The Committee decided to track its progress as the proposal progresses within city committees.