Vacant Portland hotel burns; $5.6M in damage
Fire officials say a dramatic fire heavily damaged the vacant Thunderbird Hotel on Hayden Island near Interstate 5.
Fact 1 above is damage and a photo follows: http://photos.oregonlive.com/oregonian/2012/09/thunderbird_hotel_fire_4.html
Fact 2 link to www.oregonlive.com
"The hotel was built in 1971, sold in 2002 by Red Lion Hotels Inc. and then sold again in 2004 to Thunderbird Hotel LLC, the current owner, according to Multnomah County property records.
The company owes the county more than $1 million in property taxes and hasn't paid since 2008, according to Multnomah County's Assessment & Taxation department. The tax bill to date, including interest, adds up to $1,123,801.02, a spokeswoman said.
The Thunderbird hotel is located at 1401 N. Hayden Island Drive. But property tax records show the mailing address as 909 N. Hayden Island Drive in care of Howard Dietrich Jr., a Portland-area investor. Dietrich, 64, owns the Red Lion Hotel on the River at 909 N. Hayden Island Drive. The Red Lion is current on property taxes, records show. "
Fact 3 Columbia River Crossing was going to go right over this hotel.
Fact 4 To be determined. Who was to be paying and who was to be receiving due to eminent domain.
Fact 5 Who benefits the most from the destruction Washington state, Oregon state, the Federal state, or the owner?