County approves 5 million offer for Wapato Jail in Portland

first_imgPORTLAND — Multnomah County commissioners have approved the sale of a never-used jail in Portland to a private developer.The Oregonian/OregonLive reports commissioners approved the deal in a 4-1 vote Thursday.Marty Kehoe, head of Kehoe Northwest Properties, offered $10.8 million in November for the building and property, which he hoped to turn into a medical equipment distribution center. However, after studying the property, he said he would pay only $5 million for it.The lower offer sparked outcry from some who said Kehoe was trying to lowball the county.Last week, developer Homer Williams made an unsolicited bid to buy Wapato for $7 million and turn it into a homeless shelter.Commissioners concluded that Kehoe’s $5 million would go further in advancing the county’s homelessness strategy than a sale to Williams.last_img

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