The Cornelius Place mixed-use building will feature 45 affordable senior housing units and the new Cornelius Public Library. (Josh Kulla/DJC)
In the small town of Cornelius, between Hillsboro and Forest Grove, a unique, $19 million mixed-use project is nearing completion.
The top two stories of the three-story Cornelius Place will hold affordable housing units for seniors. But unlike most mixed-use buildings, there will be no commercial or retail space; the first floor will hold the new Cornelius Public Library.
“It’s exciting,” said Karen Hill, the library’s executive director since 2006. “And the biggest deal is that we can have more books, obviously. But we’ll have this big community room that we can split into two. We’ll also have five study rooms and all of these spaces are going to be packed.”
Cornelius Public Library Executive Director Karen Hill inspects a one-bedroom residential unit in Cornelius Place.
The library will have sufficient space for 40,000 books, movies and music. Also, at least 30 computers and laptops will be available. In addition to the 100-seat community room, there will be a space dedicated to youths and a coffee bar operated by a local microenterprise.
Cornelius Place is rising on the corner of Adair Street and 14th Avenue, across from Cornelius Elementary School. The prominent building in the small downtown area will provide a central gathering point.
“We have no competition in town,” Hill said with a laugh. “We think we’re going to double everything on day one.”
Anning Johnson and Crown Fire Systems employees work in the main hall of the library at Cornelius Place.
The building has a U-shape with a courtyard in the middle, far from either street.
Plans call for 45 housing units – 44 for tenants age 55 or older and making between 50 and 60 percent of regional median income, and one for the apartment manager. Two of the apartments will have two bedrooms, six will be studios and the rest will have one bedroom, according to BRIDGE Housing project manager Destin Ferdun.
These days, crews are installing exterior siding, drywall, fire suppression and HVAC items and other interior elements.
Barry Grossen, a journeyman sprinkler fitter with Sprinkler Fitters Local 669 and a foreman with Crown Fire Systems, installs sprinkler pipe at Cornelius Place.
We’re supposed to be complete by mid-February of next year,” Ferdun said. “With the residential, we have a community room there for the residents. There’s a residents’ services office run by Centro Cultural, a local nonprofit, and we have leasing offices and bulk storage for the residents as well.”
Subcontractors currently working on-site include: Platinum Exteriors; Anning Johnson, which is installing drywall; Sterling Floors; RDF Builders, which is performing finishing carpentry and earthwork; Hildebrand Concrete of Washougal, Washington, which is carrying out site concrete; Boring-based United Brothers Company, which is installing cabinetry; Merritt Electric; Peninsula Plumbing; Jet Heating; and Crown Fire Systems.
Apartment units at Cornelius Place mixed-use project will house senior tenants making between 50 and 60 percent of the regional median income.
Mario Mecio, a journeyman drywall finisher with IUPAT Local 10 and an employee of Anning Johnson Company, applies drywall plaster inside the library portion of the project.
Platinum Exteriors’ siding crews work in the courtyard of the new Cornelius Place mixed-use project.
The Cornelius Public Library will include a large children’s play area.
The new library will feature 18,000 square feet of floor area, at least six times the area of the old library.
Crews from Platinum Exteriors install siding at the Cornelius Place mixed-use project, which combines a public library with affordable senior housing.
The project is expected to wrap up next February.
Title: An unusual combination of programming
Posted By: DJC Oregon
Author: Josh Kulla
Date: November 8, 2018
Link: Original Article