Council to Decide Fate of Proposed Southside Entertainment Complex

City Council will be determining Tuesday the fate of a major southside entertainment complex planned for Staples and Yorktown. Those opposed to the plans have organized petitions, and those in support have been using social media to argue their side.

Kiii News Reporter went Live from the proposed site of the entertainment complex to explain both sides of the debate.

The battle has been brewing ever since the City's Planning Commission approved the project, and City Council will now decide whether to rezone the property from multi-family to commercial. Plans for the center call for 10 dine-in movie screens, a 3,500-foot laser center, a video arcade and 12 bowling lanes.

Since the project was approved by the planning board, people who live in the neighborhood near the site have organized petition drives to keep the property from being built.

"I'm against it because this is a highly residential neighborhood and we don't want a destination business dropped in the middle of it," petition organizer Sue Hoyt said. "We are not opposed to this entertainment complex, but it needs to be in a commercial area."

"Normally, a project like this is courted, sought out, welcomed, sponsored, and to have this opposition so stridently expressed is pretty surprising," developer Jeff Dinger said.

Dinger, who owns North Shore 8 in Portland, says the project has been scaled back from its original plan. Now only 430 parking spaces are in the design plans down from 700 in the original project.

At Tuesday's City Council meeting, council members will decide on whether to rezone the property to commercial. If they do not, the project may be dead.


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