City of The Dalles, OR

Tony's Building Property: Demolition and Hazardous Materials Abatement

The Tony’s Building property, located at the corner of E. 2nd and Federal Streets (401-407 E. 2nd Street), was first developed in the late 1800s. After being destroyed in the Fire of 1891, the main building was rebuilt the following year. The main building was extensively remodeled over time and eventually incorporated the adjacent building into the overall design in the 1970s. The property has housed many different businesses over the years, most notably Tony’s Town and Country operating from 1977 to 2016.

The Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Agency Board (CGURAB) purchased the property in 2016 with the hopes of redeveloping a major portion of the downtown core. Multiple plans, including demolition, as well as reuse of the building were considered; however, various factors led to abandoning these plans. In review of these plans, various building inspections and surveys were conducted, which highlighted the high cost of needed building repairs and an inventory of hazardous materials throughout the property 

In early 2021, the CGURAB directed Agency Staff to pursue the steps necessary for demolition of the building with an interest in creating a mixed-use “shovel-ready” development opportunity in the downtown. In August 2021, the City’s Historic Landmarks Commission unanimously approved the Agency’s request for demolition of the building.

In March 2023, Agency Staff issued an Invitation to Bid solicitation for hazardous materials abatement and demolition for the property. Information for this solicitation can be found on the City's Project Bid webpage.  Please contact the Agency Manager Joshua Chandler at to request any additional information.   


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