Sustainability center project aims for City Council vote in October
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
A scaled-back version of the Oregon Sustainability Center will be presented for a vote by City Council before the end of October.
The team behind the building project formerly known as the Oregon Sustainability Center is getting its ducks in a row to take its new scaled-back, ultra-green building plan — one that now features a private company tenant commitment — to the Portland City Council for a vote before the end of October.
After more than a month of negotiation, Interface Engineering reached an agreement with the city to lease about one-third of the building, with a long-term plan to purchase its part of the building outright as a condo.
With that agreement in hand the team behind the project — representatives from Mayor Sam Adams office, the Portland Development Commission and companies and nonprofits involved in the building's planning — is working hard to:
- Sign on other tenants.
- Work with the city's office of management and finance to pencil out the project's new numbers and figure the city bonds needed to finance it.
- Refine the agreement between the PDC and city regarding the land — at Southwest Montgomery St. between Fourth and Fifth Avenues — on which the building will be built.
Once those parts of the plan are complete, the team will again bring the plan to the city council for a vote.
"I would like to get this done before the end of October," said Peter Parisot, economic development director in Mayor Sam Adams office.
He added that he's noted a general sense of support from city commissioners, but that he's not had any specific conversations about it.
Advocates in Portland have been working on the sustainability center concept since 2007. At one time it was an ambitious project aiming to become the first high-rise built to the rigorous green requirements of the Living Building Challenge — including net-zero energy and water use, locally sourced and nontoxic building materials among other features — meant to solidify Portland's leadership in green building.
If you are commenting using a Facebook account, your profile information may be displayed with your comment depending on your privacy settings. By leaving the 'Post to Facebook' box selected, your comment will be published to your Facebook profile in addition to the space below.