Portland is a PR machine for light rail & streetcar
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“It must always be remembered how cost-effectiveness works in the public sector:
the cost IS the benefit.” - author unknown
The round 2001
The round 2003
The Oregonian, September 21, 2006
"Started in 1997, the project was pitched as a suburban regional center, a model
for smart development along light rail. But in 1999, the first developer went belly
up, leaving unfinished buildings rusting until Dorn-Platz's arrival in 2001."
"The 4 1/2 acres of the former Westgate Theatre property will have the same type
of mixed-use development, with offices, retail shops, housing and parking garages.
The city bought the property in December for $4.9 million, and officials plan to
start looking for a developer by the end of the year,"
"If the city allows enough parking and doesn't demand something the market won't
support, he says, Specht would consider a deal."
After that, they’ll likely find about half of the city administration’s offices and
employees have flown the coop for greener pastures at The Round at Beaverton Central.
There, the city-owned Beaverton Building will house all municipal administrative
services on floors one, four and five. City Moves In To One Building at The Round
The Promise 1998
Downtown's Round project expects completion in 2000 When light rail begins running
next month to Hillsboro, one of the stops will be Beaverton’s new downtown, the Round
at Beaverton Central.
However, the Round won’t exactly be ready for visitors. Instead, lightrail passengers
will catch a glimpse of a work-in-progress that won’t see completion until 2000.
The Round is the centerpiece of the effort to rebuild and revitalize Beaverton’s
downtown. North of Southwest Canyon Road off Watson Avenue, the 4.7-acre parcel will
a central plaza with fountain flanking the light-rail station, surrounded by stores,
offices, apartments, condominiums, lofts, town houses, hotels, a health club, restaurants,
cafes, a garden and movie theater.
When it is finished, Mayor Rob Drake expects the nearly $100 million effort to give
focus to the downtown, which he said has lacked definition.
The Round’s light-rail station is expected to be finished by the Sept. 12 opening
of the line. However, stones for the plaza and wall sidings were cut incorrectly,
delaying beautification of the area, said Linda Adlard, Beaverton chief of staff.
That project will not be finished until November, when the retail office space should
be done. (Oregonian,Aug 17, 1998)