It takes a village to raise City Hall
The new Wood Village City Hall is taking shape in Donald L. Robertson Park and expected to open in late summer.
City Manager Greg Dirks said of building a new City Hall, "you don't get to do that very often."
Calling it Wood Village's "living room," the new City Hall is at 24300 N.E. Hasley St., at the very front of the park.
"We are crazy excited about our new City Hall — it was one of the best decisions we made," Mayor Scott Harden said.
The 9,000-square-foot building will have offices, council chambers, a kitchen, storage rooms, break areas, event space, conference rooms and support services.
The council meeting area will have a capacity for 80 people. The kitchen will be next to the council meeting area and people from the community can rent the room. Rental details have not yet been worked out.
The space will be flexible. Even the big council table can be reconfigured into several arrangements.
There will be teleconferencing facilities and a control room for broadcasting.
Outdoors in the park, there will be a new splash pad. The new City Hall takes up 1.96 acres of the 21 acre park.
The building features a large, sweeping overhanging porch that uses heavy timber beams to blend with the rustic parkland where City Hall sits. The big beams and warm wood design follow to the inside in a spacious central hall where council chambers will be located.
The old City Hall building was demolished and the property sold to make way for the Byways mixed use development. Byways will have 173 apartments and 10,000 square feet of commercial space.
The approximately $7 million garnered from that sale will pay for the new City Hall.
"We did this without any debt," Dirks told the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce recently.
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