February 28, 2017 9:45 a.m.
Monday night the Roseburg City Council agreed to sell the Willis House. The historic home has been owned by the city since 1924. It housed the city library for over thirty years and was the City Hall for Roseburg following the 1959 Roseburg Blast, until a new City Hall opened in 1973. The house on Southeast Rose has been vacant for several years and was declared surplus by the Roseburg City Council a few years ago.
Recently the city has had issues with transients getting into the building and causing damage. NeighborWorks Umpqua is paying $137,500 for the house and will invest a few hundred thousand dollars into restoring it before it becomes office space for a division of the non-profit.
Also on Monday night, the council adopted resolutions exempting from competitive bidding and authorizing the purchase of a new street sweeper for nearly $250,000 and modernizing an elevator at the downtown parking structure at a cost of just over $58,000. A resolution exempting the contract for architectural and engineering services with Pinnacle Architecture from competitive bidding was adopted for the Head Start facility. The council also had first reading of an ordinance to make zone changes to land the new Department of Human Services building on West Harvard is on. Pending final approval, the move will allow commercial development on land next to that facility.