Excerpts from a June 16 presentation at the Portland Business Alliance forum about the future of Memorial Coliseum:
'We saw the (riverfront) strip where the Red Lion used to be as an opportunity to develop some office space and keep employers who were leaving for the suburbs in Portland.'
Ñ Mark Edlen of Gerding/Edlen
Development, discussing a proposal to convert the coliseum to a retail outlet
'There are 330,000 people who live in the core of the city, and there is no large-scale retailer such as Lowe's or Home Depot serving them. People are leaving the city to do their shopping in the suburbs.'
'This same kind of development in the suburbs would chew up 25 acres within the urban growth boundary. This proposal uses 4.'
Ñ Edlen, referring to the coliseum's size and existing parking infrastructure
'Think of it as an indoor Delta Park.'
Ñ Doug Obletz of Shiels Obletz Johnsen, a Portland architectural firm that has put forth a plan to convert the coliseum into a public recreation facility
'I've suggested taking the two walls from down in the wells and bringing them up to the main plaza. There's going to be a lot more veterans that need a memorial, unfortunately.'
Ñ Bill Scott of the Veterans Action Committee, a local group trying to ensure that the coliseum continues to be a memorial to soldiers killed in combat