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Oregon City Operations Complex kicks off construction redevelopment of new site on Fir Street (Photo) - 09/29/20

Oregon City is beginning construction of the Oregon City Operations Complex located at 13895 Fir Street, Oregon City. The $12.8 million construction project will redevelop the 4.7-acre plot with a 53,000 square foot warehouse and 26,000 square foot office facility that will accommodate Public Works Department and the Parks Maintenance Division in one multipurpose site. The project has secured the necessary permits to move forward and is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

“This project has been a long time in the making, and we are excited that construction is underway. The Operations Complex will house the Public Works Department, Engineering and Operations, and Parks Maintenance together and will create efficiencies, continuity and cost savings.” said John Lewis, City of Oregon City Public Works Director.

Renovation of the facility includes seismic reinforcement due to the nature of the work; this facility is considered essential as it houses emergency response personnel.


Modifications to the 26,000 square foot office building include provisions for reception area, customer service counter, training room, conference room, enclosed offices, open workspaces, storage, and break room.


The facility will also dedicate more than 8,500 square feet a fleet workshop and vehicle washdown area, indoor storage for material and equipment. Equipment involved with the construction, maintenance, and operation of the City’s transportation network, sanitary sewer and storm water systems, and parks maintenance will have much needed dry storage. The lot includes fuel storage with pumps, and all existing warehouse facilities are equipped with heat and fire suppression.


“Both our public works and parks departments provide important services for our community.  Unfortunately, the old facilities were poorly located and ill equipped to keep up with the growth of our city,” said Oregon City Commissioner Frank O’Donnell. “The centralized location and size of this facility allow significant savings by downsizing the Parks Maintenance Facility, providing service efficiencies for both the present and future while improving the quality of life by moving this facility from a residential neighborhood to an industrial area. In addition, this investment provides the opportunity to return the Center Street property to the tax rolls and resolve the question of Waterboard Park.

Prior planning and saving, combined with tireless efforts by the City Staff and Construction Team who reviewed every aspect of the project has resulted in a project that will be delivered on-time and under budget.  My compliments to all involved.”

“PlanB Cost Consultancy LLC (PlanB), is pleased to be leading the Operations Complex Professional Team and helping to deliver a facility the City will be proud of and serve the community for the next 50 years. We are delighted to be continuing our relationship with the City,” said Gerard Mulrooney, Associate Partner, PlanB Cost Consultancy LLC.


Scott Edwards Architecture is providing professional architectural, civil and specialty services associated with building and site design. Brandon Dole, Scott Edwards Architecture, said, “S|EA is excited for the start of construction on the new Oregon City Operations Complex.  We’re looking forward to working with the project team to deliver a great facility for the city staff and Oregon City community.”


“We are looking forward to working with this amazing team to complete an exciting project within my own community. One of the best parts of working in construction is the sense of pride you feel when a project is completed, it is a lasting symbol of all the hard work the team put into it. This one will be extra special since it is right in my backyard,” said Bill D. Judge, Project Manager for Emerick Construction Company.


The Oregon City Commission approved the $7.1 million purchase of former General Distributing, Inc. property, located at 13895 Fir Street, at the April 18, 2019 City Commission Meeting.  After Commission approval, the site underwent environmental, structural, and mechanical inspection as due diligence.

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With $275,000 in grant funds Oregon City begins unprecedented effort to help local businesses reimagine their offerings - 09/28/20

The City of Oregon City has created the Re-Imagine Opportunity Fund which will provide forgivable loans (up to $60,000) to existing businesses or nonprofits implementing new innovative programs supporting Oregon City’s visitor economy. Attractions, guides and outfitters, restaurant and hospitality providers are eligible and must demonstrate the ability to implement new business processes, or purchase new technologies to sustain their operations in the face of multiple challenges like the Coronavirus, large regional fires, or extreme weather conditions.

James Graham, City of Oregon City Economic Development Manager said, “It is not often that a tourism-facing business or nonprofit that compliments the visitor’s experience takes the time or has the money to re-think their operation to make it more flexible and resilient in the face of multiple challenges. The Re-Imagine Opportunity Fund provides the funds in the form of a forgivable loan that converts into a grant to help with envisioning.”


Timeline of Program:
September 22, 8 a.m.              Applications Available here

September 29, 10 a.m.            Program Webinar, view here -

November 30, 4 p.m.              Application submittal deadline
December 28                           Awardee Announcement

The Re-Imagine Opportunity Fund pays up to 90% of Total Project Cost, up to $60,000 per application. Applicants must provide 10% cash match or show in-kind purchase. Find more information about the program


“Tourism is important to Oregon City’s economy and it has been hit hard by the pandemic. We need to do everything in our power to help our tourism-facing operations not only survive but to thrive,” said Graham.