FOREST GROVE, OR-An eight-acre site cluttered with abandoned vehicles and dilapidated houses that are frequented by the homeless will be cleared over the next few months as Albertson’s prepares to break ground for a 70,000-sf retail complex anchored by a 57,000-sf grocery store.

Most of the 16 buildings will be demolished, two will be moved and five will be used by the local fire department for training. A methamphetamine lab was found in one of the houses in the recent past, and neighbors have complained that transients use the houses for shelter.

In addition to the Albertson’s store, a restaurant, gas station and 10,000 sf of non-grocery retail are on the drawing board for the property. Alberston’s plans to apply for development permits this summer. Construction could be underway by the spring of 2003. A Haggen Food and Pharmacy is planned one block to the east.

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