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Council approves remodel, wine center study

Milton-Freewater City Manager Linda Hall.

MILTON-FREEWATER, Oregon  — The Milton-Freewater City Council approved a bid award for the electric department office remodel, and an award for a market assessment and design feasibility study for a shared wine production facility and tasting room Monday.

City Manager Linda Hall said the electric department office remodel estimate is around $36,000. The office is currently on the second floor of City Hall, which Hall said is not changing.

“What will be changing is the physical location of the door and some interior walls to make room for an emergency staging area and fire escape stairs required by building codes for the elevator,” Hall said. “The office administration crew will be temporarily located in the library next door while construction happens.”

Hall said the remodel has a very tight turn-around time. She expects the project to be completed in a month to five weeks.

Council members also approved the market assessment and design feasibility study for a shared wine production facility and tasting room. The city is partnering with Willamette Valley Vineyards, which will be the private company that builds and operates the wine production facility. Hall estimates the market assessment and design feasibility study to go fairly quickly – within six months to a year.

Milton-Freewater has received a $230,000 grant from the state of Oregon to conduct a feasibility study on a wine production facility that would enable dozens of local wineries located in the Rocks District of Milton-Freewater to produce their wines inside the Rocks District boundaries in order to reflect its origin on the label.

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