After seven years of planning, the city of Wilsonville broke ground on a new public works complex on Friday, Sept. 9. Members of City Council and city staff celebrated the new construction with cookies and photo opportunities during a small ceremony on the grounds.
The new complex will sit on a 7.5-acre parcel on Southwest Boberg Road, just north of the South Metro Area Regional Transit Operations Center. It will consist of an administrative building and a warehouse.
Construction is estimated to conclude in 18 to 24 months and the project will consolidate public works operations to one location. Currently, operations are spread out across the city, which can lead to inefficiencies, said Public Works Director Delora Kerber.
"We hope we'll be able to move in sometime in early 2024," Kerber said.
The building will also be seismically resilient, which will allow it to serve as a backup emergency operations center, Kerber said.
"This public works complex is going to be a great service to our community and much more efficient than anything we've ever had," Mayor Julie Fitzgerald said. "It consolidates the various public works functions into one secured and seismically resilient central location that will serve our city for many years."
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