PORTLAND – After seeking bidders to buy the unused, $58 million Wapato Jail, Multnomah County decided not to accept any of the proposals.
Seven groups came forward with ideas for the property, ranging from a bar and hotel to a community college.
But the county decided to go in a different direction. Officials said they’ll reach out to other government agencies and see what ideas they can come up with.
More: What to do with jail
Former Wapato Facility Commander Bruce McCain suggested using the 525-bed compound as a facility to help the homeless, but the county doesn’t have the funding to maintain it as a shelter.
Background: Multnomah Co's unused Wapato Jail for sale