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City considers four options for Association Building

The Association Building’s feasibility study report, originated in May, was presented at Monday evening’s Urban Renewal Agency meeting by Constructive Form Architecture and Design LLC.

Four suggested options for use of the building were presented at the meeting, which included a moderately sized neighborhood activity center, a business incubator with a studio arts focus, a micro brewpub or beverage distillery and an option to sell the building without an identified use.

The agency received the options after collecting community surveys from 115 people, where 26 surveys were administered via phone, email and personal interviews and 85 surveys were completed at three community events.

The meeting provided a step forward with the process of what the best use would be for the Association Building, as this discussion has been a city council and urban renewal goal for the last two years.

Although the building could be used for many different purposes, Jim Hendryx, Woodburn’s economic and development services director, would like to see how this project will make the best use out of the plaza.

“It provides an opportunity to revitalize the downtown or put more energy in the plaza,” said Hendryx. “That’s the big outcome that I think the community wants to see out of it.”

Discussions will proceed until a final decision is made by Woodburn’s Urban Renewal Agency Board.



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