Please join Venerable at the 2011 George McMath Award luncheon honoring Elisabeth Walton Potter on May 6 from 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m. at the White Stag Block. Tickets available.
Today begins a four-day grand opening celebration for the University of Oregon’s new home at the renovated White Stag block, in Old Town at Naito Parkway and Couch Street beside the Burnside Bridge.
Five years ago, when Terri Warpinski first forayed north from Eugene to expand the University of Oregon’s outpost in Portland, many in this city decided she was in over her head.
The University of Oregon in Portland has nearly completed its move into an Old Town Chinatown facility that matches the world-class quality of the university’s Portland programs.
The University of Oregon’s new home in Portland will be more than 50 percent bigger than initially planned when it opens next month in Old Town, with room for a larger library and more law and architecture courses.
The landmark neon of the White Stag sign continues to blink on and off over the Burnside Bridge, while major changes take place in the buildings below. When the University of Oregon and other tenants move in, in February 2008, the completed development will be a showcase for green design.
While shiny high-rise developments in the Pearl and South Waterfront have hogged headlines, the most important urban renewal project in recent Portland history has attracted little attention: The renovation of the White Stag Block and the surrounding buildings in Old Town is changing the face of the troubled neighborhood and landing the city a top-notch grad school.
With prodding from Portland’s urban-renewal agency, the Portland Development Commission, developers have seen beyond Old Town’s stigma of crime and urban decay. The result, all sides hope, will be that rare big-city neighborhood that the poor, middle-income and rich call home. Moving in to Old Town is the University of Oregon and Mercy Corps who got the city’s OK to move its headquarters and learning center into the neighborhood.
For Venerable Group, Inc, which is renovating three buildings that constitute the White Stag Block, the exhaustive effort to create a new Portland home for the University of Oregon is no exception.
The White Stag development that could reverse Old Town’s downtrodden climate is, financially, all set to go.