Library Work Begins

FVRL Facilities Director David Josephson and Union Corner Construction supervisor Rick Samadroff discuss the next step.

What’s happening to the Ridgefield Community Library?

The former Ridgefield Community Center/Library building is undergoing a major rebuild. A local design firm, Battleground architects Johansson-Wing completed the drawings a while ago. In addition to typical delays for permits and approvals, the 2020 pandemic deferred this project until now.

The demolition permit was issued by the City of Ridgefield to begin this renovation. Asbestos testing was completed and a security fence was installed Tuesday, August 16. An additional security fence was installed around the old Public Works building across the street. This building will be used as construction headquarters, equipment and raw material storage.

The demolition contractor, “The Wrecking Crew,” began their work Wednesday, August 19.

Demolition should take about two weeks to complete. During this process, the power and water are shut off to the building.

The Ridgefield Library’s temporary location is the former Umpqua bank building on the corner of 3rd and Simmons.

Five years of planning, fundraising, and community support have led us to this point. Remember all those fun fundraisers when we gathered and laughed together? In this unprecedented time of isolation, let’s look forward together with enthusiasm to this community treasure!

It’s easy to donate to the library building fund. Send checks to FVRL, PO Box 534, Ridgefield 98642. Donations of $1000 or more will get recognition in the new library. Credit cards are also accepted. Call Cathy at 360-931-0343 to donate by credit card. Naming opportunities are available. What a nice gift this would be to a friend or family member who you want to recognize.



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