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Library efforts to focus on Third Avenue

The city of Canby will concentrate its efforts planning a city hall-new library building on Third Avenue.

The board of directors of the city’s Urban Redevelopment Agency directed city staff to see what could be built for the money on hand, the about $9 million in bond and grant money left over after the Second Avenue Library project was cancelled.

The cancelled project, which would have cost about $12 million, included building a new library on North Second Avenue, remodeling the old building for city offices and other renovations.

Mayor Brian Hudson had asked the city staff to come up with alternatives that would leave Second Avenue for commercial development.

Both Second and First avenues were removed from consideration. Members agreed that the former police station should be sold, a matter to be taken up by city council.

The URA board decided to pursue the Third Avenue option after hearing a presentation of draft proposals from City Administrator Greg Ellis. Each alternative came with a price tag of about $15 million. The commission dismissed two options – one to build a new library on Third Avenue opposite Wait Park and another relocating the project to the Pioneer Industrial Park. A suggestion to consider the downtown Graham Building also was dismissed.

The city’s attention now is focused on a 28,875-square-foot parcel on Third Avenue between Holly and Ivy streets.

The parcel takes up nearly three-quarters of the block, including the present library site and two properties to the east.

One property houses a graphics business next to the library and an adjacent house. The third property sits east of it.

The city wants to build a 25,000-square-foot, two-story building, 7,500 square feet on each level. The library would occupy the first floor and city hall, the second.

The $15 million project estimate does not include the purchase of additional properties.




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