City could pay $1,000 to find site for homeless camp

City could pay $1,000 to find site for homeless camp
Homeless campers have pitched tents on a lot at West Burnside and Fourth Avenue.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The city of Portland could pay up to $1,000 to find a new site for homeless camp Right 2 Dream Too.

In a contract signed Jan. 23, the city hired real estate broker Cushman and Wakefield to perform the search.

According to Commissioner Amanda Fritz, the firm will have until Feb. 7 to deliver a report to city staff.

The city asked Cushman and Wakefield to perform two separate property searches:

The first includes bare land with access to utilities and public transit within a mile and a half of the Portland Building. The second includes existing structures such as warehouses, carports, or other buildings with open floor plans. The structures must also be within a mile and a half of the Portland Building.

Right 2 Dream Too is currently located at West Burnside and Northwest 4th Avenue, where city officials have fined it for violating zoning codes.

In an effort to find a solution, in September Commissioner Amanda Fritz proposed moving the camp to a city-owned lot beneath the Broadway Bridge.

That move was strongly opposed by Pearl District developers and business owners, and several other alternative plans have also met with opposition.