- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Portland City Council has authorized the purchase of land identified as a likely new spot for a homeless community.

The council on Wednesday unanimously authorized officials to spend more than $254,000 to buy land in the central eastside, which may be the new home for the Right 2 Dream Too homeless camp currently in Portland’s downtown, The Oregonian reported (http://bit.ly/1HwLrJC).

Commissioner Amanda Fritz announced three months ago that officials were trying to buy the parcel of land from the state Department of Transportation for the homeless group.

Central Eastside Industrial Council president Debbie Kitchin says the process has not been open.

“We think it is premature and not responsible when you haven’t determined the use for it,” she said.

Mayor Charlie Hales has stressed that buying the land doesn’t guarantee its use for the campsite, but he acknowledges that it’s a “very real possibility.”

“Lots of things could happen,” Hales said.

Right 2 Dream Too began as an unsanctioned campsite in Old Town Chinatown in 2011.

An attempt to move the site in 2013 failed amid opposition from residents.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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