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Winning bidder wants Taku for Oregon hotel


September 21, 2017

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The winning bidder for Alaska’s ferry Taku wants to turn the 352-foot (107-meter) vessel into a waterfront hotel and restaurant in Oregon.

Portland resident Jonathan Cohen’s $300,000 bid on Friday was six times higher than the next bid, The Juneau Empire reported. Cohen represents a group of Portland investors who want to make the mothballed ferry a floating hotel at a pier in northwest Portland.

“Our hope is to bring it to Portland, Oregon, where we’re based and to use it as a way to give this very historic vessel a second life,’’ Cohen said.

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