City of Woodburn seeks proposal for the acquisition and redevelopment of the Association Building

The Woodburn Urban Renewal Agency is seeking proposals for the acquisition and redevelopment of the Association Building. The iconic, 10,000 square foot, two-story building is owned by the City and is located in the heart of the historic downtown at 347 N. Front Street.  Redevelopment of the Association Building is seen as a catalyst to revitalize downtown and the Agency is eager to find the best use for the building. Seeing the Association Building develop has been an ongoing priority for the City Council.

Built in 1891 the property was originally owned by Woodburn founder J.H. Settlemier and holds an important place in the Woodburn’s history.  In 1993, the Scotts Mills earthquake left the structure a public safety hazard, which prompted the City to acquire the building and invest $850,000 to stabilize the structure for fire, life and safety, and rebuilt the façades. This was a necessary step at that time to avoid demolition and to prepare the building for a new use or occupancy.

The Association Building’s rich history, ideal location and building attributes make it an excellent investment opportunity for private and public organizations. The central location is accessible to local residents and visitors as it is within a one-mile radius of 60% of Woodburn’s residents and just minutes away from Interstate 5, along with highways 211, 214 and 99E. It is one of the largest buildings in downtown and is situated between the economically booming Front Street and always popular Downtown Plaza. The building is ideal for variety of commercial and community uses.

Issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) will provide the Agency the opportunity to review a variety of proposals before selecting a final use. The objective is to find a use that takes advantage of the buildings central location, attributes and community identity. The Agency is committed to the successful redevelopment of the Association Building and is offering a range of possible incentives including grants, loans and sale or donation of the property.

A pre-submission meeting and site-tour will be held on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 from 1-4 p.m. Participants are asked to meet at Woodburn City Hall, located at 270 Montgomery St. in Downtown Woodburn.

The deadline for submitting proposals is Aug. 20, 2014.

Copies of the RFP may be obtained online or by contacting the Economic and Development Services Director Jim Hendryx at jim.hendryx@ci.woodburn.or.us or 503-980-2445.

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