PORTLAND, Ore. - Multnomah County wants to sell somebody a jail -- one that cost $58 million to build, $300,000 a year to maintain and has never housed a prisoner.
In 1996, voters approved selling bonds to build the Wapato Jail.
By the time it was built, assumptions about rising crime rates were proving wrong.
Occasionally, it was rented out for TV or movie productions, but ideas for alternate uses went nowhere.
So, The Oregonian reports, the county wants to hear from prospective buyers.
The facility was designed for 525 inmates.
It has 168,420 square feet on 18 acres in a North Portland industrial zone that abuts a wetlands area.
Recent property assessments put a fair price at $40 million.
The deadline for expressing interest in buying it is Wednesday.
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