Build it (on industrial lands) and they might never come; business interests could oppose a possible zone change required to build the park.

COURTESY OREGON DIAMOND PROJECT  - An artist's rendering of a proposed baseball stadium in Portland that's being used for promotional purposes. Building a baseball stadium at the Port of Portland's Terminal 2 could require a billion dollars or two, and probably interest by a current Major League Baseball owner interested in moving his team to the Rose City.

Land use issues also could pose a significant hurdle, particularly because the site for the baseball stadium, and presumably associated retail and other development, is now zoned for industrial uses.

Ellen Wax, executive director of the Working Waterfront Coalition, told Oregon Public Broadcasting that the business group is likely to question taking industrial-zoned land out of circulation. "Industrial land is such a finite resource in the Portland area right now," Wax told OPB reporter Anna Griffin. "I don't know what their strategy is for being able to justify removing this land. But it seems like a pretty high bar."

While John McIsaac, spokesman for the Portland Diamond Project, told the radio station they "expect the first pitch to happen in 2022." But Wax indicated the necessary zone change and likely appeals process could take four to five years — before construction could start.

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