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Members of the founding family are back in court trying to block the sale of the beloved Southwest Portland institution for redevelopment

PMG FILE PHOTO - One of the original Alpenrose delivery trucks on display at the dairy.

The future of the beloved Alpenrose Dairy in Southwest Portland is back in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

Members of the family that started the dairy and family entertainment complex have filed a lawsuit to prevent the board of director from selling it for redevelopment. The suit charges the board turned down a $7 million offer from the family and instead intended to sell it to an out-of-state company, which would close the dairy and sell the land for redevelopment.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Tracey Cadonau McKinnon is pictured here in front of just a small part of the Dairyland facilities at Alpensrose Dairy.

Family members filing the suit include Carl Cadonau III, Cary Cadonau and Tracey Cadonau McKinnon. They are suing several board members and Smith Brothers Farms, a company based in Washington state.

The family members blocked a previous attempt to sell the dairy earlier this year, allowing this summer's planned activities, including a World Little League softball tournament to continue. According to the suit, the parties had been negotiating the sale of the dairy to the family members, but the board members abruptly agreed to sell it to the Smith Brothers Farms instead.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Carl Cadonau III in front of part of the Dairyland display at Alpenrose Dairy.

The suit asks the court to block the sale of the dairy to the Washington company, and to declare the board members must sell it to the family instead.

The suit was filed on Friday, Aug. 16. You can read it here.

You can read a previous Portland Tribune story on the situation here.


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