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Veritable Quandary selling property to county for new courthouse

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Multnomah County plans to build a new courthouse at the foot of the Hawthorne Bridge downtown (File image) Multnomah County plans to build a new courthouse at the foot of the Hawthorne Bridge downtown (File image)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Longtime Portland restaurant Veritable Quandary has decided to sell its property downtown to Multnomah County for the construction of a new courthouse.

The county had planned to build a new courthouse around the restaurant, which sits near the corner of Southwest First Avenue and Jefferson Street.

But Tuesday, the county said it had reached a deal with Veritable Quandary to acquire the property, which the restaurant has occupied since 1971.

The restaurant's owner, Dennis King, said he originally planned to keep the restaurant open despite the construction of the new courthouse, but ultimately decided against it.

"We explored a number of alternatives with the county to keep the restaurant open," King said in a press release. "I appreciate the efforts everyone made.  In the end, the only viable financial alternative for me was to sell the property."

The county said terms of the sale won't be made public until the deal closes in the fall.

Veritable Quandary plans to close in the fall, after which time the building housing it will be demolished. The adjacent building, known as Jefferson Substation, is on the National Register of Historic Places and will be preserved. The county said it plans to renovate the building and incorporate it into the courthouse project in some fashion.

The demolition of the Veritable Quandary building won't alter the footprint of the new courthouse; rather, it will allow construction crews to proceed with the project without any added measures to protect the aging building.

Construction on the new courthouse is slated to begin in late 2016.

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