Tribes to purchase Willamette Falls properties
Here is exciting news from our Tribal Partner The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. Congratulations to them on this Exciting New Venture!
Two sections of riverfront property on Oregon City side would together consist of about 40 acres
In addition to the nearly 23-acre “sacred” site at Willamette Falls, the coalition of local tribes also is in the middle of a due-diligence period for an approximately 18-acre property upstream of the falls, consisting of about a mile and a half of riverfront on the Oregon City side. Tribal chairwoman Cheryle A. Kennedy said the property purchases will further the Grand Ronde’s vision for “cultural revitalization and strengthening our ties to our homelands.”
“If there are any contaminations that need to be cleaned up, all of that would be revealed during this (due-diligence) process,” Kennedy said. “It’s deep in our heart and in our souls what this means to us.”
With purchase-and-sale paperwork in place for both properties, the Confederated Tribes and the current property owners have agreed on potential purchase prices, but the exact amount of the sales will remain confidential until finalized. Willamette Falls property owner George Heidgerken recently rejected a more than $5 million offer from public partners planning to build a walking path to Willamette Falls; he paid $2.2 million in bankruptcy court for the property in 2014.
Article from Business Tribune – Raymond Rendleman – Friday, June 21, 2019