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City getting close to clearing another civic building hurdle

A tentative agreement for two lots as the project moves forward


The city of Canby appears to be near acquiring the property it needs to build a civic center-library.

The Urban Renewal Agency will discuss real property matters in an executive session at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday and consider a purchase agreement later that evening.

The board will hold a special meeting about 8 p.m. after the regular City Council session. At that time, the board will consider approving a purchase and sales agreement with Cutsforth Properties LLC.

Members will also consider a minor amendment to the Canby Urban Renewal Plan to identify additional properties needed for the civic center project.

The city has been negotiating for a 26,000-square foot property at the northeast corner of Second Avenue and Ivy Street. The property, which now holds three small houses, sits on the north side of Second Avenue between Ivy and Juniper streets.

That is where the city wants to build a two-story, 42,900 square foot civic center and library at an estimated cost of $6,085,995.

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

Interim City Administrator Amanda Zeiber said the city has a tentative agreement with Cutsforth’s for two tax lots.

They are immediately east (.26 acres) and immediately west (.13 acres) of Juniper Street, which will be vacated. The attorneys are working out the legal details and the city hopes to have an agreement ready for approval by the URA this week.

The three houses on the properties will be demolished under the agreement, and the city will use the tax lots west of the proposed civic building site for staging throughout the construction.



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