Canby's economic development profile is certainly getting some interesting things added to it

There is plenty going on in Canby from an economic development standoint.

The economic development wheel continues to turn in Canby and there are interesting opportunities being created -- and some that are not.

A recent economic development update given to the Canby City Council last week lays out what's happening in town. Note: Some projects that are still in development have been given code names.

Here's what's happening:

> Premier Gear – under construction: This metals manufacturing firm purchased the 6 acre Urban Renewal property in Mid-July. Construction is underway on their build-to-suit, 60,000 square foot building.

> BE Group (Project Pressure): This Canadian based pressure washer manufacturer has purchased the property and completed land use approvals to begin construction. They plan to consolidate their manufacturing, sales and warehousing operations on 4th Avenue just east of Shimadzu USA's facility. They will build a 35,000 SF facility with room for expansion to double in size in the future.

>R. L. Reimers Company: This family owned commercial and industrial construction company from Albany will begin construction on a new 20,100 SF industrial flex building this fall. The new facility will house their company headquarters at 138 Hazel Dell Way. Remaining spaces ranging from 1,500 to 7,500 SF will be available for lease next spring. The company plans to construct a second 20,100 SF building toward the back of their property once tenants are identified. Update on existing leads:

> Project O Plant PJ – dead. After months of due diligence, the company was not able to finalize a property transaction with a Canby industrial property owner.

They are now looking at other sites in Oregon and Washington.

> Project Blue Ice Update: The company is refining its building design based on detailed equipment and evolving operational needs early this fall. Canby remains its preferred location.

> Hanlon Mixed Use Development: Accomplishments include the following:

A successful ground breaking ceremony was held Aug. 14. About 60 supporters, community and business leaders attended. Ground work is well underway and the foundation has been poured. The State of Oregon Housing Program is transferring responsibility for the Vertical Housing Tax Credit Program to the city. Economic development staff will now take the lead in reviewing the application that this project is eligible for.

> Sale or Lease of former library property:

Full scale marketing and outreach efforts have been underway for several months to attract a buyer or tenant for this 10,961 square foot building. All furniture and non-attached items have been removed and the building has been thoroughly cleaned. The three-month window for proposals ended Sept. 22.

Ten parties have expressed interest to date and several have taken multiple tours of the building. The city webpage has many details at 3D renderings for the building façade can be found here and design concepts for the interior space can be found here.

The council will choose the offer that best fits their goals of creating jobs, generating activity downtown during weekdays, evenings and weekends and getting the property back in use and on the tax rolls.

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