January 9th, 2014 5:43 pm | by AARON MESH News | Posted In: City Hall, Housing

Charlie Hales Learns Price Tag of Warehouse for Right 2 Dream Too, Abandons Idea

charliewarehouseMayor Charlie Hales shows off the Old Town warehouse where he wanted to move Right 2 Dream Too - Aaron Mesh

 Mayor Charlie Hales doesn't have a home for homeless camp Right 2 Dream Too after all.

A month after debuting a warehouse at 320 NW Hoyt St. and urging camp leaders to move indoors, Hales has abandoned the idea after learning the cost of tenant improvements on the building: $335,000.

"That was simply a hurdle too high," Hales spokesman Dana Haynes tells WW. "That site's just not going to work."

The Portland Mercury and The Oregonian initially reported Hales pulling the plug this afternoon.

The mayor revealed the vacant 29,100-square-foot warehouse to media in December 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.

Camp leaders told Hales they were willing to negotiate the offer—which included the city paying $150,000 to rent the warehouse for 15 months, in order to move the self-policed homeless camp indoors and out of sight.

“Go outside today and tell me that living in a tent in Portland, Oregon, in the winter is a good solution,” Hales said on Dec. 4. “Here’s an opportunity to get 80 people inside.”

But Hales' office didn't yet have the preliminary estimates for upgrading the building for habitation.

The mayor's office this evening said it will continue the search for an indoor location.
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