Multnomah Greyhound Park demolition begins

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — After 12 years of sitting abandoned, the Multnomah Greyhound Park is being demolished.

The former dog racing track used to bring in thousands of people every weekend, including Grand Ronde Tribal Chairman Reyn Leno.

“Didn’t even visualize at that time we’d ever have a piece of property in Portland, let alone a nice one like that,” Leno said.

The Grand Ronde Tribe bought the property in December, and say they’re happy to finally move forward with the demolition.

“This is our first project off the reservation really,” Leno said. “So we’re really excited to see what’s gonna happen.”

The tribe’s engineering and planning manager, Jesse White, says they haven’t finalized what they’ll be building on the property, but the centerpiece is expected to be a hotel surrounded by entertainment spaces and residential areas.

“This is a big site. It’s not just the track but 31 acres in all,” White said. “You know we’re working with the city of Wood Village, kind of in the master planning process right now.”

The’re looking forward to bringing new entertainment options to Portland.

“We know Portland is hungry for entertainment. We see it all the time, and so we feel there’s real opportunity there,” Leno said.

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