The former location of a First Interstate Bank building in downtown Washougal could be the future site of a new Washougal Community Library — as well as residential, retail and restaurant spaces.
Fort Vancouver Regional Library District Executive Director Amelia Shelley received informal permission from FVRL Board of Trustees members during their Sept. 18 meeting to start working toward a formal letter of intent with Lone Wolf Development LLC owner Wes Hickey to build a new library at 1625 Main St.
The mixed-use project, proposed by Lone Wolf Development, would be on the block between Pendleton Way and Main, Durgan and “C” streets. The 30,000-square-foot vacant site is located next to Reflection Plaza, Washougal Town Square and the U.S. Post office.
FVRL Communications and Marketing Director Tak Kendrick said Shelley will begin work on the details of the FVRL District’s intention to lease or lease purchase a 10,000- to 12,000-square-foot space on the first floor of the Lone Wolf Development.
“FVRL’s portion of the finished building would be less than 50 percent of the project,” Kendrick said. “If Amelia is able to negotiate the agreement, she would bring the letter of intent to the library board to vote on at a future date.