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City administrator thinks a lease deal with an option to purchase could be the result

The Canby City Council continues to negotiate with Oregon City developer T-5 about the fate of the city's old library building.

To that end, the council passed Resolution 1277 at its Dec. 6 meeting declaring the building at 292 N. Holly St. "not needed for public use." It's another hurdle the city has to clear in order to make the sale and development of the old library building a reality.

The old Canby Public Library building's future is still to be decided.

"We are still negotiating with the purchaser for the building," said City Administrator Rick Robinson. "I think ultimately what will happen is we'll enter into a lease with an option to purchase with the developer. We've been negotiating for about a month and I anticipate that we'll be able to bring the contract to the city council in January."

The old library building is important in that it's a large building, sits in a prime downtown location, is right across from Wait Park, and it's empty right now. Robinson said he sees plenty of potential in the building.

"It's a wonderful location for someone to be successful," he said. "We want to work with the developer to bring something into the community to bring vibrancy to the downtown. We'd like it to bring people from all over the city into our downtown the shop there.

"We think we've got a pretty good opportunity with this developer," Robinson added.

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