Central City Concern is moving forward with redevelopment of the old Ramada Inn at the Rose Quarter into workforce housing. At least that is what it is supposed to be. Recent news articles indicate it is being used for a shelter for homeless women and is planned to host Hopper Detox.
Although there is clearly a need for these facilities, this is yet another example of Central City and the City steering them to Eliot and the inner-NNE instead of spreading them across the City is a fair manner. It is also another example of how once an organization like Central City Concern gets a toehold in an area, it expands to dominate land use in the area.
Fortunately, interests in Lloyd District are unhappy with this project. Unfortunately, the one person who probably could influence events here, namely Paul Allen, is not doing so.