That won’t be happening soon, Shelley added, since grass roots groups in Washougal, Ridgefield and Woodland are looking to expand and modernize their community libraries. But with ownership of that entire parcel in the Battle Ground Village area, the library district won’t lose the opportunity to someday expand.
The property was purchased with reserve funds that were set aside several years ago for a possible Battle Ground expansion, Shelley said.
There also have been upkeep and maintenance issues with the parking lot, including lights, cleaning and parking-space striping. Now the library’s district staff can take care of it.
The property is being purchased from Grandpoint Bank of Los Angeles.
The trustees also agreed to move forward on the sale of a piece of property, about an acre, off Southeast Hearthwood Boulevard in Cascade Park.
The site has been on the market for several years. It had been a previous location of the Cascade Park Community Library, which was relocated in 2009 to a new home at 600 N.E. 136th Ave., next to the Firstenburg Community Center. No other information on the transaction was available.