Oak Lodge and Gladstone Community Project

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Bringing a new community center, park and libraries to the Oak Lodge and Gladstone communities

Clackamas County and the North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District (NCPRD), in partnership with the City of Gladstone, are bringing a new community center, park and 2 libraries to the Oak Lodge and Gladstone communities. Planning for these community facilities began in early 2019.

Area residents have helped shape these community services through two volunteer task forces, as well as interviews, surveys, open houses and other outreach opportunities. You can get involved by attending task force meetings and public events.

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Concord

Concord Property and Oak Lodge Library

What: Plans are underway for a new community center, park and library.
When: TBD — plans are delayed temporarily to give staff, the task force and community time to identify options that align community priorities, design and funds.
Where: The community center and park will be on the site of the Concord property, owned by North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District (NCPRD), near the corner of Concord St. and McLoughlin Blvd. The location of the Oak Lodge Library is also currently planned to be on the Concord property.
Who: Clackamas County and NCPRD, in partnership with the City of Gladstone

 

Concord Property and Library Planning Task Force

Community Values

Process Timeline

Master Plan

Gladstone Library

Gladstone Library

What: The Gladstone community is getting a new library.
When: Tentatively scheduled to begin construction in late 2022
Where: The new Gladstone Library will be located at the previous Gladstone City Hall site on 525 Portland Ave.
Who: Clackamas County in partnership with the City of Gladstone

 

Gladstone Community Library Planning Task Force

Community Values

Process Timeline

Master Plan

Task Force Meetings

Two project task forces work with county staff and advise the Board of County Commissioners on the creation of a master plan for the Gladstone Library, Oak Lodge Library and future uses of the Concord Property. Task force members are community residents with an interest or expertise in historic preservation, parks, sports, libraries or other relevant topics. 

The meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend. For questions, contact communityproject@clackamas.us.

Project Schedule

Gladstone Community Library

master plan

FALL 2019 – JANUARY 2021
15 months
Master Plan
Technical information studied and alternatives analyzed to create a preferred concept design.

schematic design

SPRING 2021
2 months
Schematic Design
Refine concept design and develp building character.

schematic design

SUMMER 2021 – SPRING 2022
5 months
Design Development and Construction Documents
Develop building materials, finishes and building systems (sustainability, structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing). Get land use approval and submit for building permit.

reviewing permits

SPRING 2022 FALL 2022

4 months
Permitting and Bidding
Get building permit and receive final cost from contractor for building and site improvements work.

shovel in ground

SUMMER 2022 – FALL 2023
12 months
Construction
Demolish existing building and construct building and site improvements.

 

Oak Lodge Library, Community Center and NCPRD Offices

master plan

FALL 2019 – JANUARY 2021
15 months
Master Plan
Technical information studied and alternatives analyzed to create a preferred concept design.

schematic design

TBD
Schematic Design
Refine concept design and develp building character.

schematic design

TBD
Design Development
Develop building materials, finishes and building systems (structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing). Get land use approval.

schematic design

TBD
Construction Documents
Detail building materials, finishes and building systemss (structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing). Submit for building permit.

reviewing permits

TBD
Permitting and Bidding
Get building permit and receive final cost from contractor for building and site improvements work.

shovel in ground

TBD
Construction
Construct building and site improvements.

Documents

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The planning for the three facilities has been taking place concurrently in order to maximize efficiencies of task force and staff time, consultants and related costs. 

  • The two libraries will be funded and jointly operated to maximize efficiency, achieve economies of scale and provide high-quality, consistent library services to residents of both the Oak Lodge and Gladstone library service areas.  
  • At this time the Oak Lodge Library is planned to be on the Concord site to enhance the site as a community gathering place.
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During 2021, updated calculations showed that funds available for the projects would be less than had been expected and would not be enough to cover all project costs, especially for the Oak Lodge Library and the Concord Community Center and Park. Two major factors particularly impacted the NCPRD:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in program and operations cuts in fiscal year 20-21, which reduced revenue by $2 million. With the pandemic continuing, it is not possible to estimate when those revenues will return. 
  • The withdrawal of Happy Valley from NCPRD in 2020 reduced NCPRD’s tax base, resulting in $1.5 million less in revenue each year, starting in FY 20-21. 

Staff conducted meetings with the Concord Property and Library Planning Task Force and NCPRD Advisory Committee to discuss options. Both groups strongly urged the county to slow down the process and further deliberate with stakeholders regarding options for the library, community center, and park.

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No. While cost estimates came in higher for the Gladstone Library than originally budgeted, the Board of County Commissioners agreed to utilize $200,000 of the county’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to cover the shortfall and proceed with building the library. The City of Gladstone did grant the county a four-month extension to resolve funding issues, as permitted by the inter-governmental agreement.

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While the approved master plan recommended the Oak Lodge Library be on the Concord Property, the funding issues prompted county staff to re-engage community stakeholders and the NCPRD advisory board to explore all potential options for the library, community center, and park.

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In October 2017, Clackamas County and the City of Gladstone agreed to provide new library facilities and services to the residents of the Gladstone and Oak Lodge library service areas. As a result of this agreement, Clackamas County will build and operate 2 new library facilities: one located within the City of Gladstone and the other within the Oak Lodge library service area. 

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In March 2018, NCPRD took ownership of Concord Elementary School in Oak Grove as part of the Strategic Partnership with North Clackamas School District. The Concord Property was acquired, along with 2 other school properties, to revitalize the vacant building and surrounding open space for public use.

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Construction of the new Oak Lodge and Gladstone libraries will be funded primarily through accumulated reserves of approximately $3.5 million and the issuance of debt. The debt will be paid utilizing a portion of both libraries’ annual Library District distributions. Depending on the final costs of the project, additional sources of funding may be required.

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Both libraries will be operated by the Clackamas County to provide high-quality, consistent library services to residents of both the Oak Lodge and Gladstone library service areas.

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The current libraries in Gladstone and Oak Lodge are in poor condition, do not meet structural or ADA standards and do not meet the needs of the Gladstone and Oak Lodge communities. 

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The planning for the three facilities has been taking place concurrently in order to maximize efficiencies of task force and staff time, consultants and related costs. 

  • The two libraries will be funded and jointly operated to maximize efficiency, achieve economies of scale and provide high-quality, consistent library services to residents of both the Oak Lodge and Gladstone library service areas.  
  • At this time the Oak Lodge Library is planned to be on the Concord site to enhance the site as a community gathering place.
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During 2021, updated calculations showed that funds available for the projects would be less than had been expected and would not be enough to cover all project costs, especially for the Oak Lodge Library and the Concord Community Center and Park. Two major factors particularly impacted the NCPRD:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in program and operations cuts in fiscal year 20-21, which reduced revenue by $2 million. With the pandemic continuing, it is not possible to estimate when those revenues will return. 
  • The withdrawal of Happy Valley from NCPRD in 2020 reduced NCPRD’s tax base, resulting in $1.5 million less in revenue each year, starting in FY 20-21. 

Staff conducted meetings with the Concord Property and Library Planning Task Force and NCPRD Advisory Committee to discuss options. Both groups strongly urged the county to slow down the process and further deliberate with stakeholders regarding options for the library, community center, and park.

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No. While cost estimates came in higher for the Gladstone Library than originally budgeted, the Board of County Commissioners agreed to utilize $200,000 of the county’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to cover the shortfall and proceed with building the library. The City of Gladstone did grant the county a four-month extension to resolve funding issues, as permitted by the inter-governmental agreement.

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While the approved master plan recommended the Oak Lodge Library be on the Concord Property, the funding issues prompted county staff to re-engage community stakeholders and the NCPRD advisory board to explore all potential options for the library, community center, and park.

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In October 2017, Clackamas County and the City of Gladstone agreed to provide new library facilities and services to the residents of the Gladstone and Oak Lodge library service areas. As a result of this agreement, Clackamas County will build and operate 2 new library facilities: one located within the City of Gladstone and the other within the Oak Lodge library service area. 

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In March 2018, NCPRD took ownership of Concord Elementary School in Oak Grove as part of the Strategic Partnership with North Clackamas School District. The Concord Property was acquired, along with 2 other school properties, to revitalize the vacant building and surrounding open space for public use.

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Construction of the new Oak Lodge and Gladstone libraries will be funded primarily through accumulated reserves of approximately $3.5 million and the issuance of debt. The debt will be paid utilizing a portion of both libraries’ annual Library District distributions. Depending on the final costs of the project, additional sources of funding may be required.

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Both libraries will be operated by the Clackamas County to provide high-quality, consistent library services to residents of both the Oak Lodge and Gladstone library service areas.

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The current libraries in Gladstone and Oak Lodge are in poor condition, do not meet structural or ADA standards and do not meet the needs of the Gladstone and Oak Lodge communities. 

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