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
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
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.