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Extension on deal allows Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, time to find a home

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: AMERICAN LEGION  - American Legion Post 30 Commander George Sims, left, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 180 Commander David Lowe sign the extension. Gresham City Council has approved an extension of a reimbursement agreement with local organizations that support veterans to allow them more time to find a permanent gathering place.

Both the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 180 and American Legion Post 30 will benefit from the three-year extension, which was signed into effect during the council meeting Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 4.

The veterans groups have a long history with the city, dating back to the early 1950s. They jointly contributed $40,496 to the city to fund a portion of construction costs for the then new City Hall at 150 W. Powell Blvd. In exchange, the city agreed to limited use of the building by the groups, which continued until 2017. Last year, the city and veterans groups entered into an agreement to vacate the 150 W. Powell building.

However, because of the current economic climate, the groups wanted more time to find new venues. The amendment will allow the veterans groups until November of 2022 to find a new place to call home.

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