Talk About the Downtown Project

There has been a lot of discussion on the Canby Now page (a Facebook page) about the downtown mixed-use residential/retail project coming to Canby.

I was initially skeptical of this plan when it was proposed about a year ago. I was worried about the size and scope of the project, thinking a 4 story building might look out of place and dwarf the rest of the city. But after attending several meetings, I have learned about the significant benefits it will bring to the community, such as adding more apartments downtown, increasing the walkability/livability of a more thriving, interesting downtown, and the remarkable increase in property tax revenue it will generate (therefore benefiting the city’s budget). And I am now sold on the idea!

I believe that it is the right decision. The change will be difficult for a lot of people to grapple with, but as our city administrator phrased it: “It’s a once-in-a-generation opportunity” to have a public-private partnership like this with the potential to transform a downtown.

According to the following article, the developer, Mary Hanlon, “said she’s worked in housing and community development in both the public and private sectors for more than 30 years, and that The Dahlia is a ‘really visionary project’ but also a challenging one.”

http://www.pamplinmedia.com/…/338804-218998-downtown-projec…

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