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McLain secures $500,000 in lottery funds for Cornelius Place

NEWS-TIMES FILE IMAGE - Cornelius PlaceRep. Susan McLain, D-Forest Grove, has been instrumental in securing $500,000 in state lottery funds during the Oregon Legislature’s short session for Cornelius Place.

McLain announced today the state House and Senate both voted in favor of using Oregon State Lottery Funds to provide additional funding for the project.

Cornelius Place will be a multi-use facility in Cornelius, including a new, larger city library, community gathering spaces, and affordable housing for seniors.

“This is not just a fabulous library and literacy center. It’s not just an affordable housing project for seniors.” McLain says. “It is also a game changer for downtown Cornelius, which has to compete with a lot of larger cities around them.”

McLain, Cornelius City Manager Rob Drake and Library Director Karen Hill, Library Director spoke Feb. 12 to the Joint Subcommittee on Capital Construction.NEWS-TIMES FILE PHOTO - Less than $1 million in fundraising is needed for Cornelius Place after the state Legislature voted to spend $500,000 in lottery funds to help get the project off the ground.

The $500,000 boost brings the project to less than $1 million shy of its $4.8 million fundraising goal.

The project will cost an estimated $16.8 million and construction will likely begin in March 2017.