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The building, as well as the Kiva facility nearby, also could be used by community groups 

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF WILSONVILLE - The city is planning to use the Kiva building (pictured here) and the former Arts and Technology High School building for Parks and Recreation uses. The city must first repair damages at the Kiva building before it's usable.

The city of Wilsonville is evaluating what it will do with the former Arts and Technology High School building, as well as the nearby Kiva building — both of which it owns.

The city had leased out the Arts and Tech building to the district until mid-2021, and those students will attend school at the new building at the current Athey Creek Middle School campus in West Linn starting in 2023. The Kiva building is a former church property, and the name originated prior to city ownership.

Now, Public Works Director Delora Kerber said the city will use the two buildings for Wilsonville Parks and Recreation programs as well as potentially opening them up for community groups to occupy. The Art Tech building also will be a temporary space for Wilsonville Community Sharing. The Grace Chapel lease for that organization, which runs the Wilsonville food bank, will expire soon. However, Kerber said Wilsonville Community Sharing eventually may move into the city's planned mixed-use affordable housing complex at the Wilsonville Transit Center.

"KIVA has a large conference room (that) I envision will be a multi-use space used by multiple groups," Kerber said, adding that it could be used for classes and meetings. "Art Tech, that's a little bit more divided into more individual rooms, but some of the rooms are quite large, so it could have a class in there as well as other functions."

Further, Kerber said that a new staffer who will assist arts and culture groups in town could be housed in one of the two buildings, and the parks and recreation department is conducting a study to examine potential further uses. The department's main office is stationed next to Town Center Park.

"Parks and rec has the greatest need and the least opportunity to expand where they are," she said.

Currently, however, the city can only use the Arts and Tech building since staff recently discovered a large gap between walling caused by the separation of large trusses at the Kiva building. At its meeting Monday, May 16, the Wilsonville City Council approved $340,000 in city funds to remove and replace deficient trusses and the roof. Kerber hoped that this project would be completed by the end of the year, but was unsure due to supply chain challenges.


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