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Canby forming plans for civic center project

City eyeing spring 2015 groundbreaking for project


The city of Canby has started the wheels rolling toward building a civic center-library.

The Canby Urban Renewal Agency has laid out a rough timetable for the civic center-library project that would break ground in spring 2015 and open about a year later.

First, the city must first buy the 26,000 square-foot property on Northwest Second Avenue between Ivy and Juniper streets where it wants to build the two-story structure.

“We’re talking with the owners, said Tim Dale, city council president and chairman of the Urban Renewal Agency board.

“Once an agreement is in place, we can proceed with the process to select a project manager.”

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

City voters gave their overwhelming support in May with a 1,532 to 647 advisory vote in favor of the project.

“We’re rolling away on it,” Dale said. “It’s exciting after the vote. We’re looking for good things.”

Once a project manager is hired, the city will review proposals and select an architect, engineer and general contractor, said Amanda Zeiber, interim city administrator. Then the architects will start designing the building with public input.

“We anticipate that we will be looking at breaking ground on the project sometime next spring,” she said.

“The experts we talked to earlier suggested that the project could be completed in a year, pending any unforeseen issues,” Zeiber said.



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