City and Health Board Sign Lease Agreement

The City of Vernonia and the Vernonia Health Board have reached an agreement and signed a fifty year lease for property controlled by the City at the Rose Avenue Project.  The agreement allows the Health Board to move forward with construction of the new Health Center.

A ground breaking ceremony has been scheduled for March 28, 2014 at 12:30 PM at the West Oregon Electric Cooperative Bays.

“This has been a long process. It has involved a lot of planning and many different entities working together to craft this lease agreement,” said Heather Lewis, representing the Health Board.  “We are all glad to move forward.  This is a big project for the City of Vernonia, the Health Board and the community.  In my opinion, both sides showed their commitment to this project by the level of diligence they invested in making sure this was done right. The effort that everyone put into this is greatly appreciated. The long term benefits to the community are worth the time spent on building a project of this importance.”

Mayor Josette Mitchell was equally upbeat when discussing the final lease agreement. “It is signed, sealed and delivered!” said Mitchell.

The City Council and Health Board have met numerous times over several months in an attempt to finalize a lease agreement that both sides were comfortable signing.  The Health Center is the first entity to move forward with construction at the Rose Avenue Project site.  It is anticipated that the Vernonia Senior Center and Vernonia Cares Food Bank will relocate to the site sometime in the future.