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Here’s the Dirt: Spokane church buys building

Portico Christian Fellowship, a Spokane congregation, has purchased the former church building used and owned by the Trentwood Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 11912 E. Empire Ave., Spokane Valley.

The church paid $279,000 for the 2,600- square-foot building.

Built in 1956, the building has been the base for the Trentwood Jehovah’s Witnesses, said member Jon Stoner.

The Trentwood Jehovah’s Witnesses group will temporarily share space with the congregation using the Greenacres Kingdom Hall. Eventually, the congregations will buy a new Spokane Valley location and relocate there, Stoner said.

Katie DeBill, of Windermere Manito, represented Portico Christian Fellowship. Mike King and Earl Engle, both of NAI Black, represented the sellers.

Lake City IHOP reopens

The Coeur d’Alene IHOP, damaged when a car slammed into it May 19, will reopen Monday at 6 a.m.

All 42 servers and cooks will return to their jobs, franchise owner Jay Jordan said.

The restaurant at 2301 N. Fourth St. will feature the 55-year-old company’s newest interior and exterior design. Jordan decided to remodel rather than repair the damage, making it one of the most modern IHOPs in the U.S.

The work was led by Mike Holbart of Old Wave Inc.

Jordan, who calls Coeur d’Alene home, owns four other IHOPs in the region.

Outotec expands CDA space

A Finnish company that is a global leader in technologies for metal and mineral processing industries is expanding its footprint in Coeur d’Alene.

Outotec is adding a 15,000-square-foot manufacturing building at its energy products unit in an industrial park on the city’s west side. The unit, employing about 70, makes thermal oxidizers and gasifiers.

The new building, at 4845 N. Manufacturing Way, is scheduled to be occupied by the end of the year.

Outotec bought Coeur d’Alene-based Energy Products of Idaho in late 2011.