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Auction to take place at dog track

Power company uses huge site to sell trucks, lifts

No, the former Multnomah Kennel Club in Wood Village isn't coming down.

At least not yet.

But with scores of work trucks, including some with long extension lifts for working on power lines and the like, filling up the site's parking lot, passers-by couldn't be faulted for thinking change is imminent.

After all, the old greyhound racing track on Northeast 223rd Avenue has long been eyed as the site for a nearly $500 million casino and entertainment complex that will go before voters in November 2008. If approved, the casino will be the first non-tribal gaming establishment in Oregon history.

But ownership of the parcel hasn't changed hands, according to county land-use records. And all those trucks? They are aging members of the Pacific Power company's fleet and will be auctioned Thursday, April 19.

The auctioneer company working with Pacific Power chose the track for its immense parking lot, said Bekki Witt, a Pacific Power spokeswoman. She said the company holds such fleet and equipment liquidations occasionally.

The sale, which is open to the public, will be held by J.J. Kane Auctioneers, a New Jersey-based company. Witt said the auctioneering firm was responsible for choosing the site, which is owned by businessman Arthur McFadden.

Available at the auction will be more than 175 pieces of utility, construction and underground equipment, including generators; trailers and light-duty vehicles, including bucket and digger-derrick trucks; forklifts; and pick-up trucks, SUVs and cars.

The former kennel club, which closed in 2004 after 53 years, certainly has space. Its parking lot held 600,000 visitors during the 1989 season, and as many as 20,000 people on a single night during its heyday.

Investment adviser Bruce Studer and attorney Matthew Rossman, both of Lake Oswego, are spearheading the effort to turn the racing track into the Oregon Entertainment Center. In addition to a casino, plans call for a high-end hotel, restaurants and retail, a spa, a theater for live music, a bowling alley 'and even a water park,' according to the backers' Web site.

For now, though, there is only the auction. It begins at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 720-934-9583 or visit www.jjkane.com/Portland-brochure.html.