Gladstone kicks off Portland Avenue civic project
Officials on June 26 held a kickoff celebration on their Gladstone Civic Center Project, which will include a new city hall, police department and municipal court at 18505 Portland Ave., adjacent to the city's existing public works/shops property.
On May 8, the City Council authorized an agreement with P&C Construction to conduct design services, electrical studies, topographical surveys, geotechnical services, a traffic study, and furniture, fixtures and equipment consulting.
These milestones are projected to be completed by Nov. 15. At that point, in late November or early December, the City Council is expected to consider an additional agreement with P&C to complete a 50 percent design and establish a guaranteed maximum price for the entire project.
City administrator Jacque Betz refers to the P&C project managers led by Steve Anderson as the "dream team." Will Somme is serving as the project manager, while Scott Edwards Architects' Sid Scott and Jennifer Marsicek will serve as the design manager and design lead respectively.
Betz said the strengths of the team include a strong strategy for staying within the city's budget, along with a strong portfolio of successful, similar size and scope projects for public clients. P&C recently completed the remodel/expansion of the Oregon City Public Library, along with the Oregon City School District's new transportation/maintenance facility.
Funding for this $12 million project is coming from the Gladstone Urban Renewal Agency, which seeks to address blight in the city's downtown. City officials have the option of including up to $775,000 of additional elements if desired. The new buildings are expected to be constructed and operational by March 2020.
Gladstone is planning to borrow from the urban-renewal reserves and future funds. Final documents were considered in meeting of the Gladstone City Council and Gladstone Urban Renewal Agency on June 12 to obtain $6.8 million in construction funding, to be combined with the current available agency funds of $7.4 million, for total resources of $14.2 million.