Pamplin Media Group – Multnomah County to buy lot next to behavioral health center

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The county plans to pay $3.1 million for a parking lot next to its new Behavioral Health Resource Center in Portland.

COURTESY PHOTO: MULTNOMAH COUNTY - The Behavioral Health Resource Center at 333 S.W. Park Ave. in Portland.Multnomah County will acquire a parking lot adjacent to the new Behavioral Health Resource Center in downtown Portland to support the center’s workers and other potential uses.

The county board of commissioners unanimously approved the purchase of the nearly 6,200-square-foot lot at 801 S.W. Harvey Milk St. for $3.1 million on Thursday, May 19.

The lot will provide parking for the center’s providers and staff, make it easier to receive deliveries and accommodate emergency vehicles, county officials say.

They added it also will provide flexibility for any other future uses deemed necessary by the county and its project partners.

“This is the kind of long-term planning I’ve wanted to do since I got to the county,” said county chair Deborah Kafoury, adding that the county has not previously had the resources to do long-term planning through such purchases during her tenure on the board. County officials are currently deliberating Kafoury’s $3.3 billion proposed executive budget for the next fiscal year.

The county is purchasing the property from Parcel 18 LLC. The managers of the company are Greg G LLC and Mark G LLC, which are managed by Greg and Mark Goodman, respectively, according to the Oregon business registry. The Goodmans are co-presidents of Downtown Development Group LLC, one of the largest private landowners in downtown Portland.

According to, the real market value of the lot was $1.2 million in 2021. The website pulls data used for taxation purposes from the Multnomah County Assessment & Taxation division. Discrepancies between the county’s stated real market value of a property and the price paid during a property transaction are common and can be influenced by factors such as market and economic conditions.

The price of the property was negotiated on behalf of the county by the real estate services and investment firm CBRE Group, Inc, officials said.

“The price is very good,” Eric Arellano, chief financial officer for the county, told the board. “I highly recommend this purchase at the current price.”

The county previously purchased a different parking lot on the opposite side of the building, which is being turned into a fenced-in outdoor plaza for center users. The county paid $1.5 million for that parking lot.

The purchase of the additional lot brings the total cost of the project to $29 million, including capital construction and soft costs of $26 million, county officials say. Total funding for the project is now $31.6 million, including a recent $2.67 million federal grant allocated for the project.

Officials expect the center to open this fall at 333 S.W. Park Ave, providing a first-of-its-kind downtown location for people experiencing mental illness and homelessness to receive laundry and shower services, food, peer-led resources, shelter and transitional housing.

Learn more about the center on the county’s website.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with information about the company selling the parking lot to the county, Parcel 18 LLC.

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