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Community center projects in north Clackamas County set to break ground next year

PMG FILE PHOTO - A new library wing is proposed to be constructed next to a renovation of the current 1936 building on NCPRD's Concord School property.Architectural renderings have been released for two upcoming community library projects in the Oak Lodge and Gladstone areas.

COURTESY RENDERING: CLACKAMAS COUNTY - Architectural renderings for Gladstone's new library seen as 'institutional' will be softened as designs are refined.The new Oak Lodge Library, along with a community center and park, are planned for the old Concord School property purchased by North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District in 2019 near the intersection of Concord Road and McLoughlin Boulevard. The new Gladstone Library is set to be developed at the old Gladstone City Hall site located at 525 Portland Ave.

Both projects have a community task force that's been meeting regularly — and virtually through the COVID-19 pandemic — to ensure they are mindful of each community's needs.

COURTESY OF CLACKAMAS COUNTY - The Gladstone Library will be redeveloped at the site of the old Gladstone City Hall. Concord Partnership Board members successfully advocated for the renovation of the current building on NCPRD's Concord School property, which will include an expansion into a newly constructed wing proposed next to the renovated 1936 Concord building, the area's most prominent and treasured examples of New Deal architecture. The Oak Lodge community center, library and park project has gained widespread public support since the elementary school closed over five years ago.PMG FILE PHOTO - The Concord School property at the corner of Concord Road and McLoughlin Boulevard will be the site of a new park, community center and library for the Oak Lodge community.

Gladstone library's proposed interior/exterior designs are still being refined, as there are mixed views on softening the "institutionalized" feel of the building as first envisioned by architects this spring, according to Gladstone City Administrator Jacque Betz. 

In 2017, Clackamas County and the city of Gladstone agreed to provide new library facilities and services to the residents of the Gladstone and Oak Lodge library service areas. Clackamas County will build and operate both new library facilities, and Gladstone Public Library employees and operations transferred to the county starting Dec. 1, 2019.

Both projects in Gladstone and Oak Lodge are tentatively scheduled to begin construction in 2022. Refinements of the design of the buildings is expected to continue through this fall. This winter, the county will apply for permits to build the preferred designs and go out for bids from construction firms.

NCPRD and county officials said they've been making an extended effort to ensure that communities of color are targeted to give input, also reaching out to people who are typically underserved, by creating Spanish-language material for citizens in Oak Lodge and Gladstone.

Those interested in learning more about the projects can do so at clackamas.us/communityproject or by clicking here.


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