Wapato Jail: Multnomah County won’t pursue deal with any of 7 prospective buyers, leasers
Oregon Live, 2014/6/16 – Seven parties have lined up to buy or lease North Portland’s $58 million, never-used Wapato Jail, but Multnomah County officials aren’t interested in pursuing further conversations with any of them.
County spokesman David Austin said county officials would instead launch discussions with state and local government partners. He said the hope is to find a more viable solution than what the county receives in response to its “request for interest.”
“We wanted to go through the RFI process to see if anybody had any relevant ideas,” Austin said.
“As we’ve always said, this is in the early stages.”
The seven ideas, released Monday afternoon, are:
- Richard Davis, a South Carolina real estate broker who gained fame on the since-canceled
- Jack Nonbrigand, who represents the Round-op Alpha group, wanted to use the building as a jail for high-profile inmates including Al Gore, Warren Buffett and George W. Bush. “The facility shall in addition be allowed by Round-op Alpha to be extensively commercially exploited, to the fullest extent possible, by organizing and facilitating guided tours for the general public,” the response states. Round-op Alpha, created in April, seeks to arrest multiple world leaders on charges of looting public wealth, oppressing citizens and other offenses. The group’s website outlines the group’s rationale for submitting a response to Multnomah County’s request.
“Of course we know that it is very unlikely that Multnomah County will take our response serious or even take time to read or consider it.” The blog post goes on to mention that the group does not have money to buy the jail but that “investors cannot be too hard to find.”
Round-op Alpha Responds to Multnomah County’s Request for Interest (RFI)
2014/6/3 – […] Since we have an exceptional list containing several hundreds of individuals that urgently need to be brought in front of a court or tribunal, in order for justice to be served adequately, we are of the opinion that it would be a good idea to send in our submission, in response to Multnomah County’s call to interested parties to acquire the property.
Read Round-Op Alpha’s Acquisition and Repurposing Proposal (2014, PDF)