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Portland’s Rose Quarter Environmental Report for $715M Project Adequate, Not Explained Well

An independent peer review found that Oregon’s Environmental Assessment for the $715-million Rose Quarter freeway project was technically sound, but the state didn’t communicate the findings well. A group of six transportation experts were asked by Oregon’s Transportation Commission to analyze the Dept. of Transportation report.

The review supported the state’s original environmental analysis that indicated the freeway project would result in a slight reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. But, more efforts are needed to collaborate plans with the neighborhoods surrounding the freeway, Portland Public Schools and other stakeholders.

The project is expected to help unclog a 1.8-mile stretch of the I-5 transportation corridor by adding merging lanes and highway shoulders. The project could also encompass capping the freeway to allow building on top, as well as a new bike and pedestrian bridge, a new seismically sound freeway overcrossing and surface street improvements.

Work could commence as soon as 2021 on improvements that could eventually cost more than $800 million to build.

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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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