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Costs for library land look good

Two possibile sites for a civic building-library are within the city's means financially


It appears estimates to build a civic center-library at either of two possible sites under consideration will be within the money the city has on hand, said City Administrator Greg Ellis.

Ken Andrews, of Western Construction Services, of Vancouver, Wash., will present details at the March 12 meeting of the Canby Urban Renewal Agency, Ellis said Wednesday.

The city has about $9.2 million on hand for the project — $8.2 million from bonds sold for the original Second Avenue library project and $1 million from Clackamas County.

Andrews did estimates for both sites under consideration. One is across Holly Street from the present library, and the other on the northeast corner of Second Avenue and Ivy Street.

Mayor Brian Hodson has proposed building a three-story, 35,000-square-foot building on the Holly Street site, which extends west on Second Avenue to the rear of the Andress building.

The size of the first floor would be about 12,000 square feet and the second and third floors, 13,000 square feet each.

The library would be on the first floor, shared office and meeting rooms on the second floor and city offices on the third.

The second site would be a 26,000-square-foot property on the north side of Second Avenue between Ivy and Juniper streets.

The property, which now holds three small houses, would be the path of least resistance as far as development was concerned.

The three-story version would cost more, but both proposals have advantages and disadvantages, Ellis said.

The ultimate selection will be the fourth proposed site for a library project. The first was on First Avenue, succeeded by one on Second Avenue. The city approved in August 2012 a $12 million project to build a new library there and remodel the old one into city offices.

A new council majority terminated that project July 10, 2013. Next came the plans to build a two-story combined library and city hall on Third Avenue between Holly and Ivy streets. That $14.6 million project was scrapped when property essential to the project was unavailable.



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