Neighborhood to talk about city westside staging plan
- Jim Redden
- Portland Tribune - News
Armory being considered for heavy equipment storage and dispatching
A community meeting is scheduled for Jan. 31 to discuss building a city heavy equipment storage and dispatch yard at a soon-to-be-decommissioned U.S. Army armory.
The Jerome Sears U.S. Army Reserve Center, 2730 S.W. Multnomah Blvd., is set to be decommissioned later this year. The City Council had approved plans to build a mixed-income housing complex on the site, but those plans recently fell through because of a lack of city funds.
Mayor Sam Adams is proposing that the site be turned into a heavy equipment staging area for such agencies as the Portland Bureau of Transportation and Water Bureau. Such equipment is dispatched throughout the city every work day. But all storage areas for them are on the east side of the Willamette River.
Adams argues that could prevent the city from quickly responding to natural or manmade disasters in western parts of the city.
The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at the Multnomah Center, 7688 S.W. Capitol Highway. It is sponsored by the Multnomah Neighborhood Association, which represents the official city neighborhood where the armory is located.
Association President Moses Ross says most residents who attended an earlier discussion of the idea supported it. The council will still have to ask the Department of Defense for the property. Adams believes the transfer could happen at no or little cost to the city.