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October 14, 2019

Owner to demolish never-used jail

PORTLAND (AP) — The frustrated owner of North Portland's never-used Wapato Jail has announced he will bulldoze the facility unless someone comes up with funding to convert the facility into a homeless shelter in the next two weeks.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports Jordan Schnitzer, president of Harsch Investment Properties, said Thursday he planned to sign a demolition contract by the month's end. Assuming no last minute stakeholder steps in, Schnitzer said his company will break ground on a new warehouse there by spring.

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