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Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

fax: 503-823-3596

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Statement of Commissioner Nick Fish on the sale of Terminal One North (T1)

Yesterday, the media reported that two of my colleagues have an interest in using Terminal One North (T1), surplus industrial property owned by the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), as the site of a mass homeless shelter.

I have not been presented with any proposal and can’t comment on the substance of the media report until I have been briefed on the specifics.

Last year, under the City’s surplus property policy, Council directed me and BES to sell T1.  The property has been on the market for 30 days and BES can accept bids through August 15.

As I stated in my June 17 memo to my Council colleagues (copy attached), I do not believe a homeless shelter is an appropriate use for T1. I am frankly shocked that any consideration would be given to concentrating vulnerable members of our community in an aging warehouse on the river.

I continue to believe, based on the shortage of industrial land, the existing zoning, and the interests of our ratepayers, that we should use this property to promote family-wage jobs.

Read Nick's Terminal One memo to his colleagues here and check out some news articles about Terminal One below.

 

Nick Fish: City's sale of T1 is about creating jobs (op-ed)

Nick Fish in the Portland Business Journal, July 1, 2016

 

Nick Fish Says A Massive Homeless Campus is a Bad Fit At NW Portland's Terminal 1

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury, June 17, 2016

 

Our Opinion: Find a different site for the homeless

Editorial Board in The Portland Tribune, June 21, 2016

 

Nick Fish sees a more beneficial use for city property than Homer Williams' homeless camp

Jon Bell in the Portland Business Journal, July 1, 2016

 

Commissioner Nick Fish “Shocked” at Dan Saltzman’s Plan for Homeless Shelter in Northwest Portland

Julia Comnes in the Willamette Week, July 22, 2016

 

Terminal 1 homeless shelter debate heats up as Portland commissioners talk tough

Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal, July 22, 2016

 

Homelessness is Portland's great test of private and public will: Editorial Agenda 2016

The Oregonian Editorial Board, July 23, 2016

 

Commissioner Dan Saltzman Wants a New Shelter at Portland’s Terminal 1

Beth Slovic in Willamette Week, April 6, 2016

 

Portland developers pitch $100 million homeless campus

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian, June 13, 2016

 

Wheeler calls proposed $100 million homeless service center 'a promising alternative'

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune, June 14, 2016

 

New Obstacles Face Portland’s Proposed $100 Million Homeless Campus

Rachel Monahan in the Willamette Week, June 17, 2016

 

Property eyed for massive homeless campus now for sale

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian, June 24, 2016

 

Saltzman: Use Terminal 1 warehouse for a homeless shelter

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune, July 22, 2016

 

Most Of City Council Now Supports A Massive Homeless Shelter at NW Portland's Terminal 1

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury, July 22, 2016

 

Portland City Council Divided on Future of Terminal One North

Colin Miner in the Portland Patch, July 24, 2016

 

Homeless Shelter Model | Oregon's Instagrammer | Opera A La Carte

Hosted by Alison Frost on OPB's radio Think Out Loud, August 3, 2016

 

The Portland Business Alliance Is Now Opposing A Homeless Shelter... At A Property It Suggested

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury, August 3, 2016

 

Fish, Saltzman spar over lease cost of proposed homeless warehouse

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune, August 3, 2016

 

Our Opinion: Terminal 1 wrong place to put homeless

The Portland Tribune, August 4, 2016

 

Homer Williams’ Proposed Homeless Campus Has More Rivers to Cross

Beth Slovic in the Willamette Week, August 3, 2016

 

The Next Fight Over A Large NW Portland Homeless Shelter: How Much Should It Cost

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury, August 3, 2016

 

Fish: Homeless warehouse lease could cost up to $1.2 million a year

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune, August 3, 2016

 

Opposition surfaces to using Terminal 1 for homeless

Jim Redden from KOIN News, July 27, 2016

 

PBA calls for open bids for Terminal 1

Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal