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Authorize Intergovernmental Agreement with Metro to provide Portland’5 funding for the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Sewer Reconnection Project not to exceed $150,000


The City of Portland ordains:

Section 1.  The Council finds:

  1. The City of Portland owns the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, located at 1037 SW Broadway; Portland, Oregon.
  2. The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall is operated on behalf of the City by the Portland’5 Centers for the Performing Arts, which is part of Metro.
  3. The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the theater’s iconic “Portland” sign are among the City’s best known and most photographed landmarks.
  4. As a nearly 100-year-old building, it is not uncommon that the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall’s mechanical systems would need periodic upgrades.
  5. Currently, the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall’s connection to the public sanitary sewer in SW Taylor Street is via private lateral in the public right-of-way. This arrangement does not comply with current City Code and the Bureau of Environmental Services is requiring the concert hall to connect to the closer SW Salmon Street sewer main. This work must be completed prior to a planned rehabilitation of the SW Taylor Street sewer during 2023.
  6. Between fiscal year 2016-2017 and 2020-2021, Portland’5 invested $23.2 million into capital projects at the City-owned performing arts facilities including the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Antoinette Hatfield Hall and Keller Auditorium.
  7. The extended COVID-19 venue closure placed extreme financial pressure on Portland’5. Even with assistance from Metro, the City and the federal government, the organization was forced to cut staff and deplete both capital and operating reserves to a level that is insufficient to fund this project without reducing operating funds to an unacceptable level.
  8. Funding for this project was approved in the City’s fiscal year 2021-2022 Fall Supplemental Budget Ordinance on November 17, 2021.
  9. The City and Metro now desire to enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement to allow the City to transfer up to $150,000 to Metro for the design and preconstruction required to connect the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall to the public sewer line.

NOW, THEREFORE, the Council directs:

  1. The City’s Chief Administrative Officer is hereby authorized to sign an Intergovernmental Agreement with Metro in a form similar to that attached as Exhibit A.
  2. The City’s Chief Administrative Officer is granted authority to act on behalf of the City and to amend this Intergovernmental Agreement provided any increase in the City’s financial obligations have been approved by the City Council through a formal budget approval or amendment process.

An ordinance when passed by the Council shall be signed by the Auditor. It shall be carefully filed and preserved in the custody of the Auditor (City Charter Chapter 2 Article 1 Section 2-122)

Passed by Council

Auditor of the City of Portland
Mary Hull Caballero

Impact Statement

Budget Office Financial Impact Analysis

Preliminary, low-confidence cost estimates suggest the entire project could cost as much as $960,000. $150,000 of General Fund resources is included in the FY 2021-22 Fall Supplemental Budget approved by City Council. The $150,000 provided under this IGA will allow Metro to complete the project design, bring in a contractor, and place deposits on required equipment. Additional funding will be needed to complete the project. 

Agenda Items

864 Consent Agenda in December 8, 2021 Council Agenda

Passed to second reading

Passed to second reading December 15, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.


  • Commissioner Mingus Mapps Yea
  • Commissioner Carmen Rubio Yea
  • Commissioner Dan Ryan Yea
  • Former Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty Yea
  • Mayor Ted Wheeler Yea

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