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New tenant to preserve 100-year-old building; bring brewing operation into Troutdale

COURTESY RENDERING: ENT VENTURES XIV - Away Days Brewing will move into the former Troutdale City Hall building at the edge of downtown. Troutdale has approved the sale of its former city hall building to a Portland-based brewery that is eyeing turning the historic building into an English-style pub.

During a public hearing Tuesday evening, Jan. 25, Troutdale City Council voted to sell the property at 104 SE Kibling Ave. to Ent Ventures XIV after it has stood vacant at the east end of downtown for more than a decade.

The new owner operates Away Days Brewing Co. and The Toffee Club in Portland.

The buyer has expressed plans to preserve and restore the building, rather than tear it down for a new structure.

The old City Hall was constructed in 1922 and has been vacant since 2012. Staff moved out because of structural problems. The future of the building has been a topic of public conversation for years. The city even considered restoring the building, but a 2019 bond levy that would pay for that work was shot down by voters.

City leadership said the sale to Ent Ventures XIV will allow for the preservation and restoration of the historic building, and bring a new brew pub and dining option into downtown.

Troutdale is providing development and permit credits to help with the preservation and adaptive reuse renovation of the 100-year-old building. Without this sale leadership was pessimistic that the former city hall could avoid demolition.


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