Oregon Public Broadcasting

The Portland Development Commission will vote late Wednesday on whether to sell a lot in Northeast Portland to a California developer.

The land at the corner of Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard and Alberta Street has sat vacant for years. Under the deal, the city would sell it for $2.4 million less than its appraised value. A grocery store would anchor the development.

A PDC spokesman says the project would help residents in an area underserved by grocery stores.

But King Neighborhood Association president, Alan Silver, says the neighborhood has changed dramatically in recent years and a grocery store in that spot may not be a top priority now.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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