County approves sale of Cook Building | Local News – East Oregonian

HERMISTON — The Umatilla County Board of Commissioners has approved sale of its annex in Hermiston known as the Cook Building.

The sale is part of a three-way deal with the county, the city of Hermiston and landowners, Douglas and Joyce Barak, to facilitate the building of a new city hall in Hermiston.

The Baraks own the Lanham Building, a small suite of business offices next to city hall. The city needs the Lanham property in order to make its planned new, larger city hall fit on the current city hall property at 180 N.E. Second St. In exchange for selling the Lanham Building to the city for $400,000, the Baraks will purchase the Cook Building for $400,000 — essentially, a trade.

The Cook Building, located at 435 E. Newport Ave., currently hosts offices for the county’s public health, human services, veteran services and the CARES program. After the county sells the building