It seemed like one day it was there and the next it was gone. Demolition on the so-called city block property started in late June.

DANIEL PEARSON - A worker stands near the location of the old city finance department.Demolition on the property that will soon become The Dahlia, a mixed-use bulding with three stories of studios and one-bedroom apartments on top and retail on the bottom. There has been a lot going on, fast and furious, with the old city council chambers the frst stucture to be torn down, along with some other buldings, including the old finance department and city planning office, along Second Avenue.

The outside of the old city hall building, raised with federal funding from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "New Deal" public works projects following The Great Depression, will remain intact because it now has an historical designation. However, the inside can be remodeled to however the occupants see fit. Plans once included revamping the old city hall building into a restaurant, but Ultime Team Spirit, a Canby-based custoom t-shirt maker, has since moved into the historical space.

DANIEL PEARSON - Workers can be seen just about all day long at the old, so-called city block space downtown.Construction will take place on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is expected to tcontinue through at least summer 2018.

There will be 140 parking spaces available, both on site and adjacent to the property, once The Dahlia is completed. The increased demand for daytime parking for retail customers visiting businesses in the area will not be hindered by those living in the 8,000-sqaure-foot, 69-unit apartment complex with one-bedroom and studio units, Developer Mary Hanlon and city officials both have said during several public meetings and events.

For more information about the project, including the detailed parking study and the impact of adding 69-units to the downtown corridor, may be examined extensively by visiting the city's project website at

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