PDC Ready to Sell Six Acres in Lents to Developers, Including Homer Williams


The Portland Development Commission is finally making progress unloading land it has collected in the Lents neighborhood. The PDC plans to sell six of the 12 Lents acres it owns to developers—including Pearl District power brokers Homer Williams and Dike Dame. That’s good news for the PDC, which has spent $103 million in urban renewal money from the neighborhood since 1998 with little to show for ...   More
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 by Aaron Mesh

City Club Hosts Lents Forum Tonight at the New Copper Penny


The last time Portland city officials sat down with the owners of the New Copper Penny Bar & Grill, their meeting didn't go well. Last summer's negotiations between the Portland Development Commission and representatives of the Lents nightclub resulted in name-calling, threats and a public rift that threatens to undermine $103 million of urban-renewal efforts in this East Portland neighborhood.Tonight, ...   More
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 AARON MESH

Saki’s Big Bet

The city says Saki Tzantarmas is holding his East Portland neighborhood hostage.

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Saki Tzantarmas turns on the lights in the kingdom he built, leans against a table, and starts to cry. The ultraviolet fluorescent beams illuminate an expansive banquet hall he’s named the P   More
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 AARON MESH

The Belmont Goats are Arriving in Lents This Sunday Morning

"Goats being goats, times are subject to change."


We knew this day would come. And now it has: The Belmont Goats are going to Lents this Sunday, October 5. The caretakers for the 14 Belmont Goats—including boss lady Duchess, daredevil Cooper, and thieving Chester—announced today that the Belmont Goats will depart their longtime home at Southeast 11th Avenue and Taylor Street for an empty lot in the heart of Lents, at Southeast 91st Avenue ...   More
Friday, October 3, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Portland Development Commission Trying to Sell Six Vacant Acres in Lents

But what about the New Copper Penny?


The Portland Development Commission has spent more than $96 million in the past 16 years trying to resurrect the East Portland neighborhood of Lents. As WW reported in January, the PDC wound up sitting on 12 acres, most of them vacant because the city's urban renewal agency tore down the buildings.Today, the PDC announced it's trying to sell half that property to developers.The PDC has issued a request ...   More
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 AARON MESH

Assurety NW, an Urban-Renewal Success Story, Will Leave Lents


The East Portland neighborhood of Lents is losing one of its few success stories from 15 years of urban renewal.The Portland Development Commission has poured more than $96 million into Lents since 1998. As WW reported in January, that money has resulted in little commercial revitalization. The PDC did recruit insurance agency Assurety NW in 2007 to relocate its corporate headquarters from Gresham ...   More
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 AARON MESH

Murmurs: Still Learning From “Marge Vs. The Monorail.”

Botched anesthesia at the Oregon Zoo contributed to the death of Sumatran orangutan Kutai in January—and triggered an investigation and the firing of zoo director Kim Smith (“12 Mammals That   More
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

The Belmont Goats Will Become the Lents Goats

Portland Development Commission also approves photo installation and outdoor furniture for its empty lots.


Lents may not have the business district it's been expecting for 15 years. But Lents has gotten your goats.The Belmont Goats, a herd of 14 goats forced to leave its urban pasture at Southeast 10th Avenue and Belmont Street by a new apartment complex, has been OK'd by the Portland Development Commission to move to an empty lot in the East Portland neighborhood of Lents.The PDC has agreed to locate the ...   More
Monday, February 10, 2014 AARON MESH

Lents Leader: Police Homelessness Plan Ignores East Portland

Jesse Cornett blasts Chief Mike Reese for displacing homeless camps east of 82nd Avenue


Portland Police Chief Mike Reese roused the sleeping debate over homelessness for another year Tuesday by announcing a new initiative, "Prosper Portland," to clear downtown sidewalks. He also awakened the ire of East Portland residents, who say police are just shoving homeless camps to the edges of the city. Lents Neighborhood Association chairman Jesse Cornett sent Reese a blistering letter Tuesday, ...   More
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 AARON MESH


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