"The proposed Oregon Sustainability Center was set to be a laboratory for green technology and was designed to be the largest “net zero” high-rise ever built.
At the request of my City Council colleagues, we found a private partner — Interface Engineering — that offered to co-own the proposed cutting-edge building. Interface Engineering is a great Portland-based company that is known world-wide for excellence in their field.
Nonetheless, it’s become clear to me this week that I don’t have the votes necessary to pass the project through Portland City Council and we won’t be moving forward."
The center was supposed to be a gleaming beacon of the city's support of green jobs, but the pricetag for the building had many people questioning whether the building was economically sustainable.
Get the best of the Mercury each week in your inbox!