- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Multnomah County commissioners have chosen their preferred site for a new courthouse in downtown Portland - and a backup site.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/hn4mW6 ) that commissioners on Thursday unanimously chose an L-shaped lot that the county already owns at the west end of the Hawthorne Bridge. They named a block-sized parking lot near the Marriott Hotel as the backup.

Court officials preferred the bridge site for cost reasons and because it is close to the justice center. They say using that spot would save taxpayers about $20 million - the value they place on the backup location.

The county team leading the project told commissioners that team members would return in 90 days for final approval of the site selection.

The current courthouse is a century old. Experts say the seven-story building could collapse in an earthquake.



A new courthouse is expected to cost about $250 million. County officials estimate it could open by 2020.

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

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