Coming soon to Downtown Canby: Canby Civic Block will bring new apartments, restaurants, and retail
While Canby’s walkable downtown is already served by a brand-new library, gourmet grocer, and independent cinema, the Canby Civic Block will offer something different: modern apartments, new shops with floor-to-ceiling windows, and fresh uses for some of the city’s most historic buildings.
The centerpiece of the Canby Civic Block is the Dahlia, a new apartment building that is named after the beautiful flower that has become a symbol of the city. Also part of the project are the Holly Street City Hall and the Old Police Station, which will be preserved and renovated to prepare them for their next life as a restaurant or brewpub.
Plans for the Canby Civic Block include plenty of parking, with a total of 140 parking spaces available on site and directly adjacent. The project is scheduled to be complete in Summer 2018.
The Canby Civic Block follows the city’s $2 million investment to add new landscaping and public art on 1st Avenue, improve street safety, and make walking and biking safer and more comfortable.
The Dahlia: Apartment living in the heart of Downtown Canby
Downtown Canby’s first mixed-use building, “The Dahlia” will include 69 modern apartments and four ground-floor retail spaces opening up to NW 2nd Avenue and N Ivy Street. The four-story building was designed by Portland-based SERA Architects to complement the existing buildings in Downtown Canby.
A historic gem constructed in 1937, Canby’s charming red brick city hall was designated a local historic landmark in 2016. The building features over 3,000 SF of space ready for a restaurant, coffee shop, or tasting room. It is located in the heart of downtown and adjacent to The Dahlia and plaza.
The Old Police Station features exposed old-growth wooden beams and large storefront windows, highlighting the building’s history in an open space perfect for a restaurant or brew pub. This building is located next to the former City Hall on 1st Avenue with visibility from Highway 99E.
Last week crews finished grading the site and started excavation for the onsite water retention system and building footings. Next week the excavation for the building footings will be completed and concrete crews will begin to form footings in preparation for rebar and concrete placement.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will this project help downtown?
The Civic Block Development will bring new downtown housing, retail stores, jobs and investment to our downtown. It takes a strategic part of the City’s Downtown Core business district and breathes new life and energy into it. Mixed use development and upper story housing has been a vision of the community for many years and was specifically identified in our 2013 Community Visioning Process. This development will prove the market for downtown mixed use development. We are hopeful that this development will be a catalyst to energize our Downtown.
How will at least 69 new residents and new retail space affect other businesses downtown?
We anticipate that they will create more demand and sales for Canby businesses. The apartments will be market rate apartments designed to attract people who like living downtown within walking distance of restaurants, entertainment, shopping and services. These new residents are likely to be regular customers of Canby’s downtown businesses. They will help create market demand for more business activity as well. The new retail space in the Dalia, City Hall and former Police Department buildings will create attractive, modern future homes for new businesses or a place for local businesses to expand. This new development will raise the bar in downtown Canby and make it more of a magnet for the community and surrounding areas to shop and dine.
What about parking?
A total of 140 parking spaces will be available, both on site and adjacent to the property. This number consists of 43 spaces on site, an additional 43 spaces immediately adjacent to the site, 37 spaces across the street from the development, and 17 spaces in the 1st Avenue parking lot between Ivy and Holly Streets.
There will be different demands for parking needed at different times during the day and evening. The increased demand for daytime parking for retail customers for businesses in the 8,000 square feet of new retail space will be at least partially offset from the mainly night time parking habits of the Apartment residents Since the units will be studio and one bedroom units, they are likely to attract singles and couples that generate less demand for parking.
This will be the tallest building in downtown… I have concerns about how it will fit in with surrounding buildings.
It may become the tallest building in downtown, but not by much. The 4 story building will be 16 feet taller than the new library / civic center which is 360 feet tall (or 34.5 feet if measured from the roof mechanical screens). It is the same height as the new Sequoia Grove apartments under construction near Arneson Park. The top of the Dalia will be 46.6 feet tall – well below the 60 feet maximum building height allowed in our zoning code. The design features of the building are intended to make the Dalia seem even shorter and more pedestrian friendly. The architect kept the scale in mind while designing the building. We estimate that it will be 10 – 12 feet taller than the City Hall Tower.
What are the plans for the former City Hall and Police Department Buildings?
As part of the development agreement, the developer will renovate the former city hall and former Police Department building as well. The outside of the city hall will be preserved as a beloved city landmark, but the interior space will be updated for a restaurant or shop that meets the needs of the community. The former Police department will get a major face lift with large new windows, an open floor plan and awnings to give the building more character. Marketing of the buildings will launch soon to attract new businesses to downtown that fill niches that the community has been wanting for years. Targets for recruitment include brewpubs, an Italian restaurant, wine bar or coffee shop hangout spot, etc.
What is the city contributing to make this development happen?
Mixed use developments in an untested market like Canby are risky and do not happen without partnership with a public agency such as Canby’s Urban Renewal Agency. Once completed, the new $15 million development will be back on the tax rolls, creating jobs and bringing new ongoing revenue to the City. The city has made a strategic investment in the project by contributing the land as well as the former City Hall and Police Department buildings at nominal cost. The City’s Urban Renewal Agency will fund the Project’s System Development Charges estimated at $610,000 and contribute funding of $700,000 toward the project.
Based on projected property values at the completion of the project, we estimate that overall value of the property will increase by an amount in excess of 600% and that the Urban Renewal Agency will recover 100% of its financial contribution within 11 years.
How will construction affect downtown traffic and businesses?
While some impact is inevitable in any major construction project, the developer will be sensitive to the impacts of the project on business and traffic in areas adjacent to the construction zone. The contractor has committed to actively work to minimize the adverse impacts to traffic and parking.
The bulk of the staging for the project will occur on site. While some of the sidewalk and adjacent parking stalls on 2nd Avenue will be fenced off to protect the public, 2nd Avenue itself will remain open to traffic. Construction will take place between 6 AM and 8 PM weekdays.
I am interested in being a resident or tenant – who can I contact?