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About the Broadway Corridor

Study Area
Broadway Corridor Study Area

The Broadway Corridor, and more particularly the USPS site, is identified in the City of Portland’s West Quadrant Plan as a key opportunity site for high-density employment and signature city attractions, connecting the Old Town/Chinatown and Pearl District neighborhoods.

The Broadway Corridor area is approximately 24 acres and encompasses several PDC-owned properties, including the recently acquired 14-acre United States Postal Service site , located on the western half of the study area. Additionally, PDC owns Blocks Y and R and Union Station (see map on right). Built in 1896, Union Station is an active hub for Amtrak passenger rail; PDC aims to further position and activate the station as a gateway to the city and surrounding neighborhood.

PDC is initiating a multi-phase process to determine the development strategy for the area. Robust community engagement will accompany efforts to solicit development partner(s), prepare a Master Plan for future development, and define required public benefits.


Phase 2: Scoping

PDC is currently completing due diligence to inform the best approach for upcoming phases of the project. Efforts include:

  • Hosting a Community Visioning Workshop to kick off a discussion of project opportunities and priorities;
  • Completing case study research; 
  • Establishing an Owner’s Representative Team
  • Establishing a Steering Committee; and
  • Seeking stakeholder input on a draft solicitation for a development partner

Community Visioning Workshop 

Broadway Corridor Visioning Workshop
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
4:00 - 8:00 pm

The Visioning Workshop included speakers providing insights regarding best practices on a range of topics and small group discussions regarding public priorities for project outcomes.

Best Practices Panel 

Table Discussions


Phase 1: Framework Plan 

The Broadway Corridor Framework Plan serves as the first phase of the planning process for the area. The purpose of the Broadway Corridor Framework Plan is two-fold:
  1. Articulate a strategic vision for development or redevelopment of the Broadway Corridor area, and
  2. Develop a preferred development concept for the USPS site.
The Broadway Corridor Framework Plan was adopted by the Portland Development Commission on October 14, 2014 and by City Council on November 5, 2015. Download the Framework Plan >
Formulation of the Framework Plan included participation from a stakeholder advisory committee and a technical advisory committee, input from public open houses and surveys (online and in person), and the expertise of a multi-disciplinary consultant team.

Project Team

PDC hired a multi-disciplinary team offering an important combination of local knowledge and global perspective and expertise to guide the creation of the Framework Plan. The team was led by ZGF Architects, with strong partnership from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). They were joined by HR&A Advisors and ECONorthwest to offer real estate strategy and market analysis expertise; Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates to provide multimodal transportation planning and evaluation services; Harper Houf Peterson Righellis to estimate public infrastructure costs; and Cogan Owens Greene and Design + Culture Lab to facilitate public involvement.

Stakeholder Advisory Committee Meetings

Public Open Houses & Online Participation 

Open House #1

June 30, 2015
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
PNCA - Mediatheque, First Floor
511 NW Broadway
Open House #2

July 21, 2015
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
PNCA - Mediatheque, First Floor 
511 NW Broadway
Open House #3
September 8, 2015
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
University of Oregon
70 NW Couch St, Rm 142/144

PDC Town Hall
Review past comments in our PDC Town Hall.


Contact us

Sarah Harpole, Senior Project/Program Coordinator
email or 503-823-3337


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