New Library Updates

Forensic Audit of the proposed Gladstone Library contracted by SaveGladstone citizens.
On October 9th, 2012 at the Gladstone City Council meeting the results of a forensic audit of the proposed Gladstone library was disclosed. To open a copy of the document, click here.

At its July 10, 2012 meeting the Gladstone City Council took two actions that impact the new library project:
1. Council, upon City staff recommendation, tabled the Public Hearing in the Library remand from the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) - involves whether or not the Council/community wishes street trees planted on the Webster side of the new library project.
2. City Council unanimously approved a motion to place the proposed new library design on the November 6, 2012 general election ballot. City attorneys will be drafting the measure language and complying with the Elections Department requirements and timelines.
Also of interest: Council members decided to continue the Public Hearing on Resolution 1017 - a resolution interpreting citizen-initiated Gladstone Charter Amendments designation as Measure 3-394 & 3-395 at its August 10th meeting.

New Library in Gladstone Fact Sheet, April 2012. This two page mailer was prepared to summarize information about the new library project financing, impact of new library on urban renewal revenue, and to show cost and square footage information. To download a copy of this mailer, click here.

City's Reaction to Remand in Johnson v. Gladstone LUBA appeal. The Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) remanded the decision back to the City Council on one very narrow and technical issue. The remand has to do with a single condition of approval the City Council imposed concerning street trees and whether the applicant will be required to plant them. The petitioners lost all of the major issues they raised in their appeal. Nothing in LUBA's decision calls into question or undermines in any way the City's ability to build the library on the Oatfield/Webster Road property. While it will be up to the City Council to make the decision, staff and legal counsel anticipate recommending the Council simply remove the condition. This would resolve the remand and permit the library to go forward. For more details, click here.

"Future home of our new library" signs - you may have noticed the large red and white signs are no longer in place on the site of the new library. Not to worry, they weren't stolen. City Administration determined that the signs needed to be removed in order to comply with the City's sign ordinance. The architectural firm of THA continues the final step of the design phase which is the creation of the construction drawings and specifications needed for the permitting, bidding, and construction of the new Library. The process began in January and will take several months.

CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENT PHASE BEGINS: Tuesday November 8th, the Gladstone City Council unanimously approved a motion to move forward with the construction document phase of the new library project.

The architectural team at THA Architecture can now begin the 4-5 month process of developing construction drawings and specifications needed for the permitting, bidding, and construction of the new library.

Q & A FACT SHEET available at both the Gladstone Library and the Oak Lodge Library. Online version available by clicking here.

New Library Design Committee Meeting
Gladstone City Hall 2nd Floor Council Chamber
Committee meetings are open to the public

New Library ART Committee Meeting
Gladstone City Hall Conference Room
Committee meetings are open to the public
Art Selection Committee details

THA Architecture Inc. presentation at the Gladstone Planning Commission meeting on April 19, 2010 regarding the new library project.

City Council Resolution 971- A Resolution designating the Oberson Property, a Ten (10) Acres City Owned Parcel between Oatfield and Webster Roads, as the Site for a New Library - adopted March 10, 2009.

Gladstone City Council Resolution 934 - A Resolution Adopting A Master Plan for Ten (10) Acres of City Owned Property Between Oatfield and Webster Roads - adopted February 13, 2007.

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New Library Planning Committee Final Report,
March, 2010

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Library staff have frequently been asked: Why is the City building the new library on the site between Oatfield and Webster Roads?
Answer - A minimum of 4 acres is needed to build a new library, this includes the building, landscaping, parking, access etc. There is not a vacant parcel in the downtown area to accommodate the need so in order to build downtown the City would have to condemn private property currently occupied by homes and businesses. Not only do you displace residents and businesses but condemnation and then demolition are costly processes. The good news however is that even though the property is not downtown, the City does own 10 acres on a beautiful site between Oatfield and Webster Roads, in behind the Kearns Market and the Gaffer's Pub. A perfect spot for a library with a view!

New Library street address: 18235 Webster Rd. Of course the address will not be active until the library is open but it's one more step forward in reaching our goal of building the new library.

Council identifies LEED Gold certification as goal for new library building. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance buildings. LEED provides building owners and operators with the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings performance. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building project is environmentally responsible, profitable, and a healthy place to live and work. To learn more about LEED visit

Heery International Inc. of Albany Oregon has been hired to serve as the Construction Project Manager for the new library project. The Construction Project Manager serves as the City’s technical advisor during pre-design, design and construction phases of the project.

City Council hires THA Architecture Inc. of Portland Oregon to design new library in Gladstone. THA Architecture has led the New Library Design Committee through the pre-design phase of the project and has now been hired to develop the actual conceptual and schematic designs for the new library.

Gladstone Urban Renewal Agency approves inclusion of the new library project in the Urban Renewal Plan and identifies the site as part of the Gladstone Urban Renewal Area.