Monday, November 21, 2016

Groundbreaking for New Cornelius Public Library scheduled for Summer 2017

The City of Cornelius announced today that the Cornelius Place Development is approved, with groundbreaking scheduled for summer of 2017. The announcement marks a major step in a multi-year effort to bring the project to reality.

The City achieved the additional funding needed to bring the Cornelius Place Project to reality with an Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) award valued at over $8 million to the project’s affordable housing partners, Bienestar, Inc. and BRIDGE Housing.

The multi-use Cornelius Place development will house the expanded Cornelius Public Library including much needed community convening space, a YMCA center, and 45 affordable housing units for adults age 55 and older. The new library will provide a variety of services to support children, families, and seniors, including pre-reading and early education programs, student success programs and adult education.

The Cornelius Public Library is closing in on the last $800,000 of its $4.8 million capital campaign fundraising goal and expects the OHCS award to accelerate the final fundraising push.

“We have worked hard over a number of years to bring the Cornelius Place development project to reality. This will be cornerstone of our city,” said Cornelius Mayor Jef Dalin. “The new Public Library will offer information and services desired by our diverse population. We look forward to working with individuals, local business and foundations to fully fund the library portion of the project by March 2017.”

Cornelius Place is a joint project of the City of Cornelius Public Library, Bienestar and BRIDGE Housing. BRIDGE joined the project team this year, bringing considerable financial, real estate, and development expertise.