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Silverton Community Development Director Jason Gottgetreu points out the features of a ground-floor entry area of the new Silverton Civic Center. The building is tentatively set to open in late April. James Day

A bit behind – Late April new tentative opening for Silverton Civic Center

By James Day The new Silverton Civic Center, a years-long $19.5 million project, likely will not open until late April, city officials said. Our Town participated in a tour of the building Feb. 15, along with project manager Jason Gottgetreu, the city’s community development director, new city manager Cory Misley and Luis Mendoza of Compass Project Solutions, which is providing consulting services […]

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Parks planning – Pickleball courts, lake trails to come before city soon

By James Day The City of Silverton’s work on a master plan for its parks is yielding immediate fruit. Two of its major pieces, a trail system at Pettit Lake and new pickleball courts near the skate park, could see design and construction contracts come before the city as early as next month. The funds for both facilities have been […]

Parks presentation at Silverton Senior Center. Stephen Floyd

Park priorities – Silverton residents assess park plans, give feedback

By Stephen Floyd Trails, gathering spaces and family amenities were among priorities chosen by residents during a recent open house on proposed updates to Silverton’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Held Dec. 5 at the Silverton Senior Center, the event allowed residents to express the priorities they believe should guide the planning and funding of city parks in the coming […]

The new Silverton Civic Center under construction. James Day

Civic center delays – Silverton project still under $19.5M budget

By James Day The new Silverton Civic Center will not be occupied until next spring.  The $19.5 million project, which originally was projected to open in July 2023, has experienced a steady stream of delays, including supply chain issues, work that had to be redone and even emails that went missing.  The project remains under that $19.5 million overall cost, […]

Silverton City Council Process begins for affordable housing

By James Day The City of Silverton is getting into the affordable housing business. Officials have identified a seven-acre parcel of city-owned land west of the Silverton Senior Center for the project. The issue was discussed at the June 5 City Council session, although final decisions are months or perhaps years away. The city might start by developing just a […]

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 […]

Downtown dilemma: Silverton council discusses parking solutions

By James Day The Silverton City Council, the Chamber of Commerce, area business leaders and city staffers all agree that downtown faces parking challenges. June 20 folks got together via Zoom and began talking about solutions. ”This is a really hot issue right now,” said Stacy Palmer, executive director of the chamber. “There have been some dramatic changes to downtown,” […]

Parking challenge – Silverton council set to discuss issue

By James Day The Silverton City Council is planning a discussion on the challenges of downtown parking. Councilors will review the problem as well as possible solutions at a June 20 work session that also will have action on the 2022-23 budget. Fueling the discussion was a survey conducted by the Silverton Chamber of Commerce and presented at the council’s […]

Sustainable Silverton – A push to address city’s changing needs

By Melissa Wagoner Addressing sustainability and climate change concerns on a city-wide basis is a complicated issue and one that is often exasperated by the very nature of city government. “[The] City Council is comprised of volunteers with limited time and terms, while changing city code requires significant time and effort, especially as parties who may not share the City’s […]

Next phase: Bidding open for Silverton Civic Center project

By James Day The City of Silverton has opened the bidding process for the construction of its new civic center. Bidding opened Dec. 21, with the deadline for bids Feb. 23. Community Development Director Jason Gottgetreu, the lead city staffer on the project, said that the City Council is scheduled to review the bids at its March 7 meeting. Construction […]