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Should council get a move on?

Public input sought as Tualatin leaders mull relocation


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO.  - A rendering by SRG Partnership, Inc. shows the new structure option for the Tualatin City Council building. The current City Council building will likely need to be demolished this spring. When plans for the Nyberg Rivers shopping center were unveiled last March, one thing was clear: The Tualatin City Council building was not long for this world.

Not in its current location, anyway.

Plans for the CenterCal Properties development on Nyberg Road and Martinazzi Avenue show a realigned Seneca Street that essentially bisects council chambers. Although the building sits on a city-owned lot at 18880 S.W. Martinazzi Ave., Tualatin’s most recent Transportation System Plan stipulates that any development at this site must extend Seneca Street in order to relieve traffic.

With Nyberg River’s grand opening scheduled for fall 2014, and groundbreaking scheduled this spring, the city has to decide the future of its council chambers — on a looming deadline.

The council is weighing its options, which includes forgoing a Seneca Street build-out altogether, or proceeding with the build-out and either renting office space for a projected cost of up to $237,000 a year, or constructing a new building in a lot adjacent to the library.

Another proposed option, to relocate council and city staff to facilities the city already owned, was ultimately deemed unfeasible.

City estimates show that construction of a new City Council building would cost more than $4 million — a price too dear, Mayor Lou Ogden thinks, for a traffic-relieving measure.

“Is the street that important? Is it worth spending $4 million on a new council building?” he said.

Ogden is reluctant to dip into the general fund and monopolize any future operations budgets.

“It’s the taxpayers’ money no matter how you figure it,” he said.

So the city will ask for the public’s feedback.

“We’re going through a pretty extensive neighborhood involvement effort in the next couple weeks to get input from the community about what they think we should do,” Ogden said.

The council is soliciting public input through November through a series of Citizen Involvement Organization meetings, and by encouraging citizens to email deputy city manager Sara Singer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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