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Canby residents, architects focus on design for new library

by: COURTESY OF FFA ARCHITECTURE - A rendering shows proposed plans for the new Canby Library building. Residents have offered their ideas and opinions on the project during several meetings.Architects and Canby residents are zeroing in on a design for the city’s new library.

About five dozen people who attended an open house last week on the project saw a lot they liked, offered comment on what they didn’t and left with a consensus that the architects, FFA Architecture and Interiors, were on the right track.

“I think they hit the ball out of the park as far as putting all the elements together for the design,” said Jon Dragt, chairman of the Canby Library Board and president of the Canby Public Library Foundation. “There are a lot of nice elements included in the building.”

“Conceptually, I like the way it came out,” added City Councilor Rich Ares.

During the Jan. 30 meeting, Troy Ainsworth, principal owner of FFA Architecture, said the new library and overall complex would be important for Canby. “It will be a catalyst for economic development downtown and in Canby,” he said.

“I think it’s going to be a boon to downtown and really tie things together, giving our community a lasting and solid foundation to build around,” Dragt said. “I’m glad to see so many people at these first two meetings and see the architects paying close attention to people’s input. They’ve made a big effort to give this project a Canby accent that fits our community.”

People attending the meeting welcomed the proposed library’s windows and skylights that were seen as a welcome addition to the high-ceilinged design. The main entrance will be off Second Avenue, just behind the old City Hall. The design includes a lobby and exhibit area, kitchen, storage, staff area, circulation area, large multipurpose room with folding wall for a two-thirds and one-third division, a Spanish language area, young adult, children’s and adult sections, a hearth and study area.

Assistant City Administrator Amanda Zeiber, who is helping to coordinate the project, said the city would review comments from the meeting and suggest changes or alterations.

“There was a lot of interaction, many comments and extensive valuable feedback,” Zeiber said. “There was certainly a common theme of incorporating elements of Canby and the surrounding area.”

A third meeting on the project’s design is planned at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 19, at the police station, 1175 N.W. Third Ave.