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Urban Renewal Agency sizes up facility costs

The Canby URA sized up costs to build a civic center-library at two potential sites Wednesday.

The estimates were prepared by Ken Andrews, of Ken Andrews Consulting, Newberg.

The presentation was for information only, said URA board Chairman Tim Dale. The city will not move further on the project pending the outcome of an advisory vote on the May ballot.

One site under consideration for the civic center-library is across Holly Street from the present library. The other sits on the corner of Second Avenue and Ivy Street.

The Second Avenue site now is considered the most likely. The Holly Street site comes with a number of issues.

“It’s a difficult site,” Andrews told the URA board. “It represents a lot of challenges for a contractor.”

Those challenges include a very limited area and substantial expenses of relocating a power line and a large tree.

“The site really is pretty negative,” Andrews said.

The Second Avenue site had his wholehearted endorsement, he said. It would be easier to build there and would be more serviceable to the community.

“Down there you have the opportunity to serve I believe a long time community need,” Andrews said.

Both estimates included a 3,000-square foot basement and allow for up to 30 offices spaces.

The three-story civic center considered for the Holly Street site would cost about $6,600,959.

It would provide 35,594 square-feet of space and a four-stop elevator. The library would be on the first floor, shared office and meeting rooms on the second floor and city offices on the third.

A two-story option on the Second Avenue site would cost $6,085,995. It would yield a 42,900-square foot building and a three-stop elevator.

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.

Last month, the city filed to place a non-binding advisory vote on the ballot for the May 20 election.

A “yes” vote advises the URA to use available funds to build a civic center.

A “no” vote would recommend using the funds for other URA projects.




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