New Pearl District neighborhood: union-built

The former mail processing facility at NW Seventh and Hoyt will be replaced with 12 blocks of affordable housing, parks and commercial space—built by union workers, and especially women and minority workers and contractors.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler called it one of the most complex and ambitious development projects the City has ever taken on. In a 5-0 vote Sept. 23, Portland City Council approved a set of agreements on how to redevelop a massive former USPS mail processing facility.

The agreement includes a commitment by the City’s private development partner, Continuum Partners of Denver, to pay prevailing wage on construction, and have its general contractor negotiate a Project Labor Agreement committing to use union labor.

It’s projected that Prosper Portland and City Bureaus will contribute $134 million over the life of the project, including $38.6 million for demolition, site preparation, and relocation of the post office; $12.4 million for streets, signals, and utilities like sewers; $36.6 million to extend the Park Blocks and construct part of a planned Green Loop linear park.

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