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Oregon Tribe Proposes Casino as Key to Hotel Project

5 December 2003

OREGON – As reported by the Oregonian: "A full-service casino near the Oregon Convention Center could provide the jackpot for building a Portland headquarters hotel.

"For the second time this year, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde has proposed building a casino to help pay for a big-ticket Portland construction project that otherwise doesn't pencil out.

"…This time the proposal involves a hotel with a price tag in the range of $130 million in Northeast Portland near Lloyd Center and the Rose Garden.

"The tribe's proposal is one of eight received when the Portland Development Commission put out feelers asking developers whether a long-desired headquarters hotel could be built by private enterprise without substantial public subsidies.

"…Although the agency's executive director doesn't sound enthusiastic about the casino idea, the tribe remains among seven development teams that will be asked to submit more detailed proposals early next year.

"…Mayor Vera Katz, who supported the tribe's plan to finance a baseball stadium, said the decision rests with Kulongoski.

"…Jeff Blosser, convention center executive director, said some visitors wouldn't like the idea of gambling and others wouldn't care. But his mind is open on the subject, he said…"

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