The Portland Housing Bureau hasn't settled on a design for the units it wants to build on the site. In the interim, the bureau's director says he's working with Multnomah County to re-purpose the strip club building as a homeless shelter for women or families.

OPB - The City Council approved the purchase of the Safari Showclub for affordable housing on Wednesday.The Portland Housing Bureau will buy a strip club and a large empty lot across Southeast Powell Boulevard from Cleveland High School with plans to build affordable housing on the site.

The City Council on Wednesday approved a plan to buy the lot with the goal of building 100 to 300 units of affordable housing.

"The property has a relatively close-in location, it has good access to transit, and it neighbors Cleveland High School, making it ideal for families with students," said Mayor Ted Wheeler.

The city will pay $3.7 million for the lot on Powell Boulevard, which includes the Safari Club.

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