TD Council Gives More Time For Gitchell Building Proposal

After over two hours of discussion, The Dalles City Council reached consensus to allow a partnership between The Dalles Main Street program and Friends of the Waldron Brothers Drugstore to further develop and provide more information on their proposal to save the Gitchell Building over the next six months before seeking proposals for its demolition.  The two organizations have proposed rehabilitating the building at its current location along the Union Pacific Railroad tracks at First Street for use as a bike hub, public event space, and offices for the Main Street program, but Councilors expressed doubts because of the proximity of the tracks and the potential for future expansion of the municipal wastewater treatment plant requiring the building to be removed.  Councilor Tim McGlothlin and other members noted it may be best to move the building, acknowledging six months is not a long time to fully develop a plan.  Main Street’s Todd Carpenter said the group has assembled commitments for cash and in-kind donations, and has identified grant possibilities.

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