At a policy session on May 11, 2022, the Board of County Commissioners unanimously agreed to delay construction on the Gladstone and Oak Lodge libraries based on significant construction cost escalations and market volatility.
“With skyrocketing construction costs, we realize that the best use of your tax dollars is to delay planned construction projects until costs stabilize,” the Board of County Commissioners said. “We hope these are short delays, up to a year, but only the market will tell. We realize that this is not what the community wants to hear. However, we are committed to keep design work underway on both projects.”
Below are details on decisions and next steps for each library.
- Construction will be paused for up to one year. (The county will work with the City of Gladstone to amend the intergovernmental agreement accordingly.)
- The county will not use library district operating funds for construction of the library.
- Design work and construction drawings will be completed by in the next few months.
- Demolition of the City Hall will proceed.
Oak Lodge Library
- Complete design work for a free-standing library.
- The library revenue bond will be paid with county general funds, not with Library District operating funds.
- Construction will be paused for up to a year.
- Design work and construction drawings will be completed over the next year.
Decisions about NCPRD’s Concord building will be discussed at a future NCPRD Board of Directors meeting. Stay up to date on the projects at https://www.clackamas.us/communityproject.