Deadline close for parking contract

Deadline close for parking contract

The Portland Bureau of Transportation may award a parking contract of 4,000 spots in six garages to a Nashville firm.

City Center Parking and Star Park, Portland's dominant parking companies, must protest this decision by tomorrow.

Both local companies have courted the support of city commissioners. City Center boss Greg Goodman is one of the city’s most active and visible business leaders. His counterpart at Star Park, Barry Schlesinger, keeps a lower profile. But there is nothing low-profile about Schlesinger’s ally, Roy Jay, president of the African American Chamber of Commerce. Jay lobbied hard for Star Park’s successful 2003 bid and maintains a regular City Hall presence.

But all three - Goldman, Schlesinger and Jay - could be out in the cold if they don’t figure out a “Hail Mary” strategy pretty fast. The scores the city posted on its website show Central Park System far ahead of the two Portland companies in the view of the panel that ranked their bids for the three-year contract, which is scheduled to start this July 1: Central Parking System got 317 points; Ace Parking, 289; City Center, 282; Star Park 254.

Read the full story at Willamette Week.

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