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Floating hotel one step closer to reality as developer submits high bid for Alaskan ferry

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 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.

The Taku would be home to hostel-style accommodations as well as individual rooms, with the surrounding pier being a terminal for river-related activities, he said.

"We're not looking to offer high-end hotel rooms," Cohen said. "We're actually looking to make these the least-expensive hotel rooms in town."


Wouldn't that make it one step above a homeless shelter?

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