Oregon City hope

Oregon City is hopeful that new businesses will spruce up downtown streets.

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Some new business owners are envisioning a better downtown for Oregon City. They add their voices to those of the City of Oregon City Main Street Group, which wants to refresh the area. And changes are slowly coming.

Aaron Breniman sees plenty of promise in downtown Oregon City. The Verdict, a bar Breniman co-owns with Ryan Smith, opened three weeks ago as city officials seek to attract more businesses and rehabilitative efforts to the downtown core.

“In order to get people down here, we wanted to create a place we’d like to go to,” Breniman said. “The city needs more investment like that from private developers.”

That investment is something that has mostly eluded Oregon City for close to a decade. But the city’s established business community has recently rallied behind a new group dedicated to bringing more businesses to the city’s downtown.

Read the full article in the Daily Journal of Commerce.