Here's hoping for good things in Wood Village
Nobody knows today what will come of the former Multnomah Greyhound Park, but it will be better than whats been going on at the site since 2004.
Since that day when the track in Wood Village closed, the property has devolved into an eyesore, a crumbling vestige of suburban decay graffiti, broken windows and neglect.
So the news Thursday, Oct. 15, that the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde are purchasing the 31-acre property has arrived like Christmas in October.
The tribe is silent on its plans. But of course, the C-word casino has surfaced as a possibility. At least in the early going, it doesnt sound as if thats a realistic possibility. The tribe isnt likely to open a huge casino in the metro area that would siphon business from its already successful Spirit Mountain Resort and Casino near McMinnville. Plus, state and federal law prohibit tribes from operating more than one casino. We suppose that could change.
But looking at the site, its difficult to imagine a use that wouldnt somehow be better than absolutely nothing, which has been the case there since 2004.
People in leadership positions throughout East Multnomah County are already suggesting multi-family housing, commercial development, entertainment attractions it all seems possible.
As the Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde moves forward with demolition of the grandstand, we hope its leadership keeps in mind that people in East Multnomah County have waited a long time to see development at this property. It would be a shame to see the property languish for years to come as a vacant lot, only to serve the tribe as it protects its financial interests elsewhere.
We hope the tribes spend time speaking with the leaders from East Multnomah County, making sure that the end use fits with the long-term ambitions for the region.
Heres hoping for great things to come from this purchase by the Grande Ronde Tribe. Its been a long time coming.