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Portland Police Union: Wapato Is A 'Wildly Viable' Housing Solution


The Portland Police Association wants the county board to reject a proposed sale of the unused Wapato scheduled for Thursday and instead let voters decide on its future — calling it “wildly viable” solution to the city’s homeless problem.

County commissioners should craft a ballot measure letting voters decide whether “they want to use Wapato as community transitional housing and social service hub,” wrote PPA President Daryl Turner in a bluntly worded open letter on Wednesday.

The letter comes as the board is scheduled to vote Thursday morning on the proposed sale of Wapato to Marty Kehoe for use as a distribution center. The longtime real estate developer has offered $10.8 million for the political albatross.

The police union, however, says a sale would close the door on a solution to Portland’s worsening homeless problem.

Read the full story at the Portland Tribune.

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