Commissioner McKeel announces her recommendation for new Troutdale Library

PORTLAND, OR – Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel announced her recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners for the site of the new Troutdale Library: the Cherry Park Market site (242nd St. and S.W. Cherry Park Rd.). The siting decision will be made by the Board at the regular Board meeting on April 2.

The Cherry Park Market site is a 6,000 sq. ft. existing space in the southeast section of the shopping center adjacent to El Tapatio Restaurant. It is a well-known and popular shopping center, offering library users the opportunity to combine trips. It is professionally managed by Regency Centers.

"The space in the shopping center, which will be remodeled to meet the requirements of what we expect to be a busy branch library, has the highest degree of certainty of completion with the least risk to the County. Because it is an existing building, the timeline for opening will be the fastest of the four options. It's cost-effective and efficient — the right solution in these economic times," Commissioner McKeel said. "I am particularly pleased with the site's proximity to Reynolds High School. This will make a fine, well-used library — one that East County residents can be proud of."

In addition to the Cherry Park site, the other sites that had been under consideration were Gateway Estates (on 257th, north of Reynolds High School); the Handy site (146 W. Columbia River Hwy.); and Gateway Corner (corner of 257th and Columbia River Hwy.). The developers of the site chosen in an earlier siting process (Discovery Block, on Historic Columbia River Hwy.), withdrew that site in August 2008 due to financial considerations.

"I want to thank all those who helped us during this site selection process — the Troutdale Library Siting Committee, members of the public who provided input, former Commissioner Roberts and Commissioner McKeel, and the four developers who submitted lease proposals," said Molly Raphael, Library Director. "Should the Board of County Commissioners make the decision to go forward with the Cherry Park site, we expect to be celebrating the opening of the new Troutdale Library early next year."