Public Works Operations Center

Project ID: 
CI 15-005B
Project Type:
Capital Improvement
Project Contact Information: 

John Lewis, Public Works Director at 503.657.0891 or or Martin Montalvo, Operations Manager at 503.657.8241 or

Project Status: 
Project Dates: 
Summer 2016
Project Budget: 
$100,000 Planning
Operations Center
221 S. Center Street
97045 oregon city , OR

Oregon City’s existing Public Works Operations Center has been located in the historic McLoughlin neighborhood at 122 S. Center Street, for over 60 years. In 2009, the Oregon City Public Works Operation Plan identified a need to expand the current facility after exploring several options to accommodate the future needs of the Department.  The City's Public Works Center Plan was completed in 2009 and adopted in 2010. 

The City has been working with neighbors and interested parties to develop a plan that reduces impacts to the neighborhood from traffic, noise, visual impacts and material storage, as well as impacts to trees and the natural setting. 

The current approved Public Works Center Plan (2009) is being refined to accommodate only the Operations staff (instead of the entire Public Works Department as originally planned). Besides the reduction in office spaces for employees, this refinement effort is intended to improve upon the current plan by incorporating sensible design elements that reduce impacts to residents, instituting good neighbor remedies typically associated with mixed land uses, and preserving the family friendly character of the neighborhood.

The process to update the Master Plan is just underway and includes opportunities for continued collaboration with our neighbors both near and far.  We hope to get constructive feedback prior to moving forward with making changes to the existing Public Works Center Plan. The process includes:

  1. Backyard Visits, to give the designer a view of what neighbors are actually seeing/experiencing, which increases the City’s understanding of neighbors’ concerns and means to address them.
  2. Neighborhood Meeting/Tours, for neighbors and interested public to better understand the functions and operations at the Public Works Operations Center.
  3. Citywide Communications, including a presentation to the Citizen Involvement Committee along with website updates and newsletter stories. 

The updated plan was completed in 2016.