Business — CPRD donates Second Street space, coalition is moved in, ready for business

After giving up its space at 518 E. First St., the Newberg Downtown Coalition has moved to a new home two blocks away.

Executive Director Mike Ragsdale said that as a nonprofit, NDC needs donated space, so finding one was difficult. When the organization moved out Jan. 15, Ragsdale shifted operations to his home in Dundee until a new space could be arranged.

Don Clements, Chehalem Park and Recreation District superintendent, said he might be able to help.

“He said to me, ‘You know I’ve got some space,’ so I came over and looked at it and said this will work for us, because we need free space and that’s not easy,” Ragsdale said.

The new offices are located at 502 E. Second St. on the back half of the Newberg Chehalem Community Center and across from the downtown fire station.

“It was a bright yellow, shocking yellow and bright green,” Ragsdale said. The color choice came about because the space was being used as storage for the daycare center next door. After moving out the items in storage, and with a quick paint job to soft yellow, the space was ready for NDC’s arrival.

“We moved in here last week; we’re still unpacking boxes but we’ve got our phones and Internet all operational last week,” Ragsdale said. “We’re open and ready to go.”

The space is significantly smaller than the previous digs, but will work.

“We needed a conference room and we needed a workstation for four people, so this bigger room got to be combination conference room and work space,” he said. “(The conference table) butts right up against my desk, but it really works quite well.”

Ragsdale said the best part about the space is the windows.

“It just brings so much natural light in, it really makes the space pleasant,” he said.

An added bonus, he said, is that the space has been used by CPRD for non-profits in the past, so he doesn’t expect to have to relocate any time soon.

“And it’s right downtown,” he said.

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