Portland adopts comprehensive plan, and the Bullseye’s saga continues with a lawsuit.
Future mapped. Portland has a plan for the next 20 years. Known as the Comprehensive Plan, the 300-page document outlines the city’s plan for growth through 2035. The last comprehensive plan was approved in 1980. The 2035 plan accounts for 260,000 new residents over the next 20 years. Read more from The Oregonian.
Bullseye saga continues. A Portland woman, Valeria Silva, has filed a lawsuit alleging working at Fred Meyer — across the street from Bullseye Glass — caused terminal lung cancer. At 63, Silva was diagnosed with stage IV cancer in 2014. The suit alleges the toxic air contamination (which came to light in February 2016) spread to the adjacent Fred Meyer office where she worked. OPB reports the suit does not disclose how much Silva is seeking in damages.
Not just Kleenex anymore. Scappoose will soon play host to a $64 million bathroom tissue and paper towel manufacturing facility. Cascades Inc. announced its plan for the facility this morning, including the intent to hire 80 employees when the facility opens in 2017. The Portland Business Journal has more.
Marijuana on hold. Deschutes County Commissioners approved rules Wednesday to regulate marijuana businesses outside city limits, but a ban on medical and recreational businesses is still in place. The new county rules establish standards for things including noise, odor and use of lights. If a business does want to locate in the county, an appeal is required before the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals. Deschutes commissioners will reconsider the ban after July 1, when the new rules go into effect. Read more from the Bend Bulletin.
Mixed-use, mixed-feelings. Guardian Real Estate Services bought Block 33 at Northwest Fourth Avenue and Davis Street last month for $11 million. After the deal closed, the Portland Business Journal reports, president Tom Brenneke was unsure the Historic Landmarks Commission would approve his mixed-use development. Now Brenneke says he thinks the development is in good shape.
Joining the cloud. Samsung is entering the cloud marketplace with the purchase of Joyent, a cloud-computing platform provider. Samsung will likely use Joyent’s platform to bolster its smart home devices, which need cloud services to store data. Business Insider reports Joyent will remain an independent service, joining the Samsung umbrella of subsidiaries.
Switching gears. Still recovering from an emission-test cheating scandal, Volkswagen has announced it will spend $11 billion investing in electric cars. The announcement signals a change in strategy, as the company is shifting away from diesel cars that are still tainted by the scandal. Reuters reports Volkswagen intends to launch more than 30 new electric vehicles in the next 10 years.