A building once used as an American Legion hall and a roller skating rink will soon undergo a major remodel and be used for a brand new purpose.
Built approximately 80 years ago, the now weathered, light blue colored structure at 1554 N.E. Third Ave. was purchased in October by CID Bio-Science, Inc. According to President Leonard Felix, current plans call for the 15-employee company to relocate from its current leased space at the Camas Meadows Corporate Center in about one year.
CID designs and manufacturers portable instruments for agricultural and environmental research including laser leaf area meters, plant canopy imagers, digital soil profile and root monitors, hand-held photosynthesis systems and leaf spectrometers.
Felix said he is currently in the throes of a bidding process with two architectural firms in Portland, and plans to have construction work start in December.
“We will be doing a nice remodel on it,” Felix said Friday. “The building’s got great bones. We want it to be a showpiece. I’m hoping to eventually get it into some architectural magazines. It’s going to be cool.”