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Published on Thursday January 13, 2011 - 10:30 AM
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Mayor Adams wants the Portland to once again look at turning the Jerome Sears United States Army Reserve Center into an equipment storage and staging area.

The plans to convert the site into a mixed-income housing complex have previously fallen through because of a lack of city funds.

Adams outlined his plans Tuesday night at a meeting of the Multnomah Neighborhood Association. He said the equipment at 2730 S.W. Multnomah Blvd should be used to combat manmade and natural disasters and convert the site into a storage and staging area.

Most of the people at the meeting agreed with the idea of the plan because the Army currently stores big trucks and military vehicles for training exercises.

The equipment might include bulldozers, large trucks, plows and other items used for construction and maintenance projects.

The original idea was first supported by Commissioner Randy Leonard. But the City Council approved the housing complex and the Portland Housing Bureau was unable to allocate necessary funds.