No news is good news: Portland Diamond Project grinds on

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Don't expect any news during the playoffs

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Not much has been heard from the Portland Diamond Project since their latest update 2 months ago — but Managing Director Mike Barrett said that’s nothing to worry about.

The PDP hit a major milestone with its labor harmony agreement with the Oregon AFL-CIO, which they announced on July 29. Since then, very little has been said about the effort to bring the MLB to the Rose City.

“It’s a complex process that we are into,” said Barrett. “The thing we’ve said from the beginning is when we go a while and don’t come out with any announcements — don’t mistake that for lack of activity.”

Barrett said it’s a 24/7 effort and they’re constantly grinding away.

“I’ll say things are going very, very well,” he said.”

There is another reason Portlanders won’t be hearing much in upcoming weeks — playoff season has arrived.

“Baseball has a tradition of when playoffs come around, you go quiet,” explained Barrett. “You don’t say much out of respect for the playoffs. So, you won’t hear anything publicly from us for the next little bit.”

Nearly a year ago, the PDP announced the location they say will be the spot for a Major League ballpark to be built in order to attract a team to Portland.

“We are thrilled to announce that the Portland Diamond Project has signed an agreement in principle with the Port of Portland to develop the Port’s 45-acre Terminal 2 property,” they announced in a tweet.

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“We believe this has the potential to be a transformative landmark project for this city.”

Portland Diamond Project concepts

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