Portland Comunity College workforce training hits roadblock
Portland Community College's proposed training facility in Scappoose has hit a roadblock as the property sale fell through.
SPB Holdings LLC, owner of the 17-acre lot where PCC planned to build its facility, has backed out of the sale, leaving college officials to find another location for manufacturing apprenticeship programs.
PCC targeted the site in part due to its close proximity to the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center Research & Development campus near Scappoose Industrial Airpark.
"PCC remains committed to building the workforce training center in Columbia County and believes that this location puts the training center and the OMIC initiative in the best position to succeed," a spokesperson for PCC stated in an email. When asked, the spokesperson said PCC was committed to building in Scappoose, rather than elsewhere in the county.
PCC planned to invest $24 million to construct a 31,000-square-foot facility on Wagner Court, across West Lane Road from the OMIC R&D campus. The college planned to offer manufacturing apprenticeship programs at the campus, working closely with OMIC R&D.
On Monday, a PCC spokesperson said the leadership would have much more information in the coming weeks as the college works with counsel.
"They have to start from scratch," said Scappoose City Planner Laurie Oliver.
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