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Civic center project taking shape

By James Day

The flurry of construction activity continues on the $19 million Silverton civic center project that is a year away from completion.

Community Development Director Jason Gottgetreu, the project manager for the facility, said that “we are looking at an Aug. 22, 2023 substantial completion date, which is about three weeks later than originally anticipated.”

The slab for the building’s foundation is scheduled to be poured Aug. 15, Gottgetreu said.

The project includes a two-story building, parking, a park and a plaza. The building is being erected on a 2.7-acre site at the north end of the former Eugene Field property, which backs up to A Street between North Water and North First. A park is planned for the south end of the property that abuts Park Street. A plaza and parking are scheduled to be constructed between the building and the park area.

The new building will house city staff as well as the Police Department.

No decisions have been reached on the fate of the old City Hall building on South Water Street or the temporary dog park parcel that is just north of the project site. Discussions have been held on possibly using the extra acreage to help ease downtown parking challenges.

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