The board of homeless camp Right 2 Dream Too responded late this afternoon to Mayor Charlie Hales' offer of a warehouse in Old Town, sending the mayor's office a list of conditions under which the camp would agree to the move.
"We'll see if we can get some real negotiations going," says Mark Kramer, lawyer for the camp. "I'm not expecting a miracle, but I hope at least by the end of next week to sit down and talk."
Kramer says the camp has a number of conditions for accepting the new location at 320 NW Hoyt St. "I'm not at liberty to discuss what those terms are," he says.
Hales' office confirmed to WW it received the letter but refused to discuss the negotiation's terms.
The mayor revealed the vacant 29,100-square-foot warehouse to media on Wednesday as an alternative—chosen by Pearl District developers Homer Williams and Dike Dame—to a parking lot under the Broadway Bridge known as "Lot 7."
City Commissioner Amanda Fritz cut a deal with the camp in September to move under the bridge, but Hales undercut her plan, saying irate Pearl District developers should have time to offer other locations.
Kramer said Wednesday the camp was likely to reject the switch, saying its chief objection was that the warehouse's lease was short-term and would "put Right 2 Dream Too out on the street in 15 months."
But today Kramer tells WW the camp board will consider the Hoyt Street warehouse—where the city is offering to pay the $10,000-a-month rent.
"Hoyt's still a possibility," Kramer says. "If Hoyt Street doesn't work and there are no other options, we are intending to move to Lot 7, because that's what the contract says."