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NORTH

Brownfield gets cleanup

Work is under way to clean up the former Larsen South truck terminal at 10145 N. Portland Road for use by Western Container Transport, a container trucking and storage business.

The property was contaminated after years of use as a truck terminal where tanks were washed out, and petroleum-related and chlorinated solvents were released into the ground. But, after Western Container decided the site met its needs, it worked with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to develop a cleanup plan that qualified the company for bank financing.

The 15.5-acre tract adjacent to the Columbia Slough is an example of a brownfield, a contaminated piece of property that cannot be reused until it meets current environmental standards. Such sites typically are found in industrial areas, but also include warehouses and gasoline stations where underground storage tanks have leaked.

NORTHEAST

Hollywood comes alive

The first 'Hollywood at Night' runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.

The event, which will continue on the third Thursday of every month, will include wine and cheese tastings, local musicians performing at businesses, art contests and shopping discounts.

The Hollywood Business District is bordered by Northeast Tillamook and Halsey streets and 28th and 47th avenues.

SOUTHEAST

Fixed pool reopens

The Buckman Pool is open again after $400,000 in city-sponsored repairs.

The four-lane indoor lap pool is at Portland Public Schools' Buckman Elementary, 320 S.E. 16th Ave. It has been owned and maintained by the school district, while Parks and Recreation has provided programming and lifeguards.

The pool is open for various programs from 6:15 a.m. to 7:25 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday. Details about hours and programs are at www.portlandonline.com/parks, or by calling 503-823-5130.

The pool had been closed since April 2005, when it began experiencing continual water loss due to the pool's disintegrating concrete and tile.

EAST

Housing move approved

The Lents neighborhood soon will host a new city program that aims to rehabilitate neighborhood rental housing that has become unsafe or run-down. On July 12, the Portland Development Commission approved the program, which is intended to help the city achieve its housing goals in the city's various urban-renewal areas such as Lents.

Under the program, the city will offer deferred-payment loans to rental-housing owners, in exchange for offering the units at rents that are affordable to households earning 50 percent of median family income or less.

That figure, for a family of four, is $33,950. To qualify for the programs, landlords must charge such families no more than 30 percent of their income for rent.

Initially the program will be available only in Lents, although the city hopes to expand it to the Interstate Corridor, Central Eastside and Gateway urban-renewal areas as well. For information, call Shelly Haack, a PDC housing manager, 503-823-3200.

SOUTHWEST

Books added to breakfast

The Hillsdale Business and Professional Association will hold its 30th annual Customer Appreciation and Blueberry Pancake Breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to noon July 30 in the parking lot of the Casa Colima Mexican Restaurant in the Hillsdale Shopping Center, 6319 S.W. Capitol Highway.

Cost is $4 per adult, $3 per child and free for children under 3.

Also this year, as part of the breakfast, the association will hold its first annual Hillsdale Benefit Book Sale. Books may be donated at the Hillsdale Farmers Market, which continues through Sunday at the Rieke Triangle between Wilson High School and Reike Elementary School.

Proceeds from the breakfast and sale benefit Hillsdale-area school and community organizations, including the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association.

NORTHWEST

Bands amplify park life

Portland Parks and Recreation's free summer concert series in Northwest Portland continues with shows the next two Thursdays at Wallace Park, followed by three more concerts in August at Couch Park.

The Wallace Park concerts feature Jen and Wendy playing songs for children this week, and Armonia Latina contributing Latin pop July 27. The concerts begin at 6:30 p.m.

Couch Park concerts will run 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. First up will be Los Cowtones playing cowboy country music Aug. 1, followed by Tom May's classic folk Aug. 8, and Padam Padam playing European cabaret music and tangos Aug. 15.

Both the Wallace Park and Couch Park concerts will be preceded by hands-on art activities for children at 6 p.m.

Tribune staff