Update on alternative sites will be presented Wednesday

The Canby Urban Renewal Agency board will hear an update on alternative sites for a new library and city hall at its Wednesday, Sept. 11, meeting

City Administrator Greg Ellis will present the draft report on location options. The alternative options are being prepared by Frank Berg, of FC Berg Architects, who will present a final report Oct. 9.

The search for options began after the URA board killed a project July 10 underway to build a new library on North Second Avenue.

The old library would have been remodeled for city offices. That project would have cost about $12 million.

Mayor Brian Hodson directed city staff to find alternatives that would leave Second Avenue available for commercial development.

The three alternatives that will be presented to the agency board all came in at about $15 million.

The first two proposals would require the purchase of additional property but include no estimate of that cost.

Ellis described the options as a starting point for a conversation on an alternate site. Other options also may be offered.

The first site option would take up the south side of Northwest Third Avenue between North Holly and Ivy streets. A 25,875-square-foot new library would be built in the library’s present location at Holly and Third with a two-story, 15,500-square foot city hall at the other end of the block.

The second option would move the library west on Third Avenue to just east of Grant Street. The 22,348 square foot library would extend east to North Holly Street. A two-level, 20,000-square foot building would be built on the east side of Holly Street where the current library is located.

The new city offices and council chambers would be housed in a two-level, 20,000 square foot building on the current library site.

The third option, considered the least likely, would relocate both the library and city offices to Pioneer Industrial Park. A 23,000-square foot library and 15,500 square feet of city offices building would go in on a 265,715-square foot property off South Sequoia Parkway.

None of the options features a library and city hall in one structure as proposed by the mayor. Hodson has proposed building a two-level civic center-library with elevator and stairs on Third Avenue. The 1 ½ stories-high first level would house the library an the second level would hold city offices and council chambers.

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