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Hoodland Library remodel project hires architect

Public forums to be held in December, January for comments, ideas

The project to begin remodeling a new Hoodland Library space is finally underway.

At the Sandy City Council meeting Monday, Nov. 17, the council authorized the city manager to sign a design contract with Northwest Architecture P.C. for the plans to remodel the new Hoodland Library site. Hoodland is a branch of the Sandy Library.

In May, then Library Director Beth Scarth went before the council with a plan to lease a new space for the Hoodland Library within the Welches Mountain Center, across the street from the Hoodland Shopping Center, where the library now resides.

Since then, the space has been leased and plans have been put in place for a remodel before the space is finally ready.

The library will use a $250,000 grant for capital improvements from the Clackamas County Library District to fund the renovations.

The money originally was meant to go toward the Hoodland Women’s Club Community Center project, but became available for use when the project dissolved at the beginning of this year.

The contract with Northwest Architecture is set at a fixed amount of $30,578, 12 percent of the total project cost, which will be within the $250,000.

Library Director Sarah McIntyre said the library plans to hold public forums throughout December and January to get input from residents of the Welches community about what they would like to see in their library.

“It’s to find out what’s important to the community, so that’s what we focus on,” McIntyre said.

She said since Hoodland is a smaller library and a branch of the Sandy Library, the new space may be used as a popular reading library, with a smaller inventory that can draw from the larger collection in Sandy.

But that is all up to the community, she said.

“We’re really hoping for community input,” McIntyre said.

She added that she hopes to have a final design completed by the end of January, use February for proposals for construction and permits, and then begin construction in March.

“We hope to move into the new space before July 1,” McIntyre said.