Ilwaco Community Center Restoration!
As many of you have probably noticed while driving around the peninsula, the Ilwaco Community Building has begun its long awaited renovation. Those of us in Ilwaco are hugely excited to see this project underway. The building itself has been a vital part of the community since 1938 when the town purchased the property from Earl Floyd and built the peninsula’s first hospital. In the 1950s Public Hospital District #1 took charge of the facility and eventually sold bonds to create additions and wings for the existing structure. By 1976 the hospital had outgrown the building and again sold bonds to construct a new hospital. This allowed the City of Ilwaco to turn the structure into our very first Community Building.
The Library Board and PACE immediately began fund raising for the initial planning and remodel work to create a home for both the Timberland Library and the Pacific Aging Council Endeavors (PACE).)
From that time, the Ilwaco Library Board acted as the main agent of change, constantly working to improve and expand the facilities used by the Library. The current Community Building Renovation Project began as smaller projects promoted by the Ilwaco Library Board and the Board of PACE.
At the suggestion of pro-bono architects, Michael Kabush and Anthony Stoppiello, PACE and the Library Board began working together to renovate the entire building, raising nearly $50,000 from the community to pay for initial planning with an architect, Jack Williams of Hoside Williams in Seattle. Since then a board consisting of Library and PACE Board members and City leaders has made great strides with the Community Building Renovation Project. By mid March the planning phase was complete, start up funds were raised and construction work began in earnest.
The project will provide the City of Ilwaco and the broader community with vitally needed new, improved and expanded facilities for both Timberland Library and PACE, as well as giving the City a new community room. All this while being able to maintain the original historical look and feel of the building. The year long reconstruction project is slated for completion by spring 2009.