An 18-year-old dream to reshape Troutdale’s downtown riverfront appears to be dead in the water.
In a stunning about-face, local firm Eastwinds Development is holding the city accountable on a promise to buy its 8-acre parcel on the west bank of the Sandy River.
That’s essentially a curtain call for the much-anticipated hotel and resort project, which hinged on the city’s ability to build a road through the Columbia Gorge Outlets mall that largely blocks access to the site.
In letters obtained exclusively by The Outlook, Eastwinds argues that Troutdale failed to move forward quickly enough with condemnation — the next step after the mall’s owners signaled they wouldn’t voluntarily let bulldozers roll.
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