Suit filed against homeless Navigation Center
Portland developer Jim Winkler filed a legal motion to block the homeless shelter and navigation center planned near the southern end of the Broadway Bridge on Monday. The project is being pursued by another local developer, Homer Williams, and his nonprofit organization, Oregon Harbor of Hope.
Winkler, who owns property near the site, says he supports Williams for trying to help the homeless, but believes the city-owned property is too contaminated to be safe. Although the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has approved a cleanup plan prepared by Oregon Harbor of Hope, Winkler says it is inadequate and not up to the standards of the requirements imposed on adjacent properties.
"It's a matter of economic and social justice. Why don't homeless people and the staff who serve them deserve the same protections?" says Winkler, who asked the Marion County Circuit Court to reverse DEQ's approval.
In response, Don Mazziotti, a consultant and former Portland Development Commission director now working with William's organiztion, said, "Our mission is to help the homeless. Mr. Winkler has a different mission."
To read a previous Portland Tribune story on the issue, go to tinyurl.com/ybtmnd9g.
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