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City staff cite concerns over the spread of COVID-19 virus as the reason for delaying the re-opening celebration for the building

PMG FILE PHOTO - Now fully restored, the re-opening celebration for the Portland Building has been delayed.What was to be the grand re-opening of the iconic Portland Building designed by Michael Graves, has been postponed due to concerns about the spread of the COVID-19.

In an announcement from the City of Portland Office of Management of Finance, public information officer Heather Hafer said, "I'm writing to let you know that due to concerns regarding public health we have decided to delay the Portland Building Grand Reopening. Experts tell us that large gatherings create opportunities to transmit the virus, which compromises the safety of senior citizens, people with underlying health conditions and others who are especially vulnerable. Because of this, the event is delayed until further notice.

We are, of course, disappointed. However, we need to put health and safety first as our community responds to the spread of COVID-19."

The March 19 ceremony to celebrate the culmination of a $195 million renovation project was to include the unveiling of new public art installations, tours, live music, and the opportunity to get an up-close-and-personal view of the Portlandia statue.

The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Further details can be found on the city's website: portland.gov


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