Land key element in civic center-library project

The Canby Urban Renewal Agency will pay $680,000 for two lots on NE Second Avenue where it plans to build a new civic center and library.

The URA board agreed to buy the land from Cutsforth Properties LLC in a Wednesday, Aug. 20, special meeting.

The two lots totaling .39 acres are located on the north side of Second Avenue, straddling Juniper Street, which will be vacated for the project.

This is where the city plans to build a two-story, 42,00-square foot civic center and library at an estimated cost of $6,085,995.

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.

Three houses on the properties will be demolished and the city will use tax lots west of the proposed civic building site for staging throughout the construction.

The next step will be hiring a project manager, and then an architect, engineer and general contractor.

Officials hope to break ground next spring and finish by spring 2016.

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