Grand Ronde Tribes still weighing plans at site of former racetrack

The former Multnomah Greyhound Park in Wood Village, Oregon. Photo by A.F. Litt via Flickr

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde are still considering development plans at the site of a former racetrack in Oregon.

But one thing is certain -- the building that housed the old Multnomah Greyhound Park in Wood Village is going down. Demolition started this week, Smoke Signals, the tribe's newspaper, reported.

The tribe purchased the 31-acre site last October for about $10 million, The Oregonian reported. Plans call for some sort of economic development and Chairman Reyn Leno even said gaming was on the table as long as it wouldn't harm the Spirit Mountain Casino.

The tribe operates Spirit Mountain on its reservation about 75 miles from the site. Wood Village itself is just outside Portland, Oregon's most populous city.

The Portland market is considered vital for Spirit Mountain and it's one of the reasons why the tribe is fighting a new development just across the border in Washington. The Cowlitz Tribe will be opening the Cowlitz Casino and Entertainment Resort about 30 miles to the north.

The Grand Ronde Tribes asked the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to put a halt to construction on the Cowlitz project but the request has not been granted. Oral arguments in the underlying land-into-trust dispute were heard before a packed courtroom last month.

Get the Story:
Demolition of former Multnomah Greyhound Park beginning this week (The Oregonian 4/13)
Grand Ronde Tribes start Multnomah Greyhound Park demolition (The Portland Business Journal 4/13)
Grand Ronde Tribe begins demolition of Multnomah Greyhound Park (KPTV 4/13)
Multnomah Greyhound Park Reaches the Finish Line (Gresham Patch 4/14)

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