Troutdale city council gets a step closer to selling vacant City Hall building.

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF TROUTDALE  - The city constructed the building in 1923 and was used as the City Hall and Council Chambers until 2012.The Troutdale City Council designated the old City Hall building an "excess property" during a Sept. 28 meeting. With this action the council took the first legal step in selling the property.

The city constructed the building in 1923, with the City Hall located on the first floor. Troutdale continued to occupy it as a City Hall and Council Chambers until 2012.

Based on structural engineering assessments, the city's building official determined the building was unsafe due to foundation and structural failings. Internal scaffolding was erected to prevent the failure of a main structural beam in the Council Chambers. City Hall staff and services have since been dispersed to multiple locations around the City.

The building has been vacant for almost 10 years, with the city unable to find a way to use the space. According to the city's website, efforts have begun to find a new owner who can use the property in a way that will benefit the city's historic downtown. As a first option, city staff will be looking for a new owner who will preserve the building. Once a buyer comes forward it will be up to the City Council to approve the sale at a public meeting.

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