Village Green closing doors soon in Cottage Grove

Nearly 45 employees at the Cottage Grove staple will be out of a job starting Friday.

Posted: Sep 27, 2021 2:21 PM
Updated: Sep 27, 2021 6:35 PM

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. -- The Village Green in Cottage Grove will soon close its doors after decades of being a staple in the community, leaving nearly 45 employees out of work by the end of the week. 

The reasons behind the change include increased hotel competition in the area, deteriorating ammenities and insufficient modern ammenities. Cottage Grove City Manager Richard Meyers said all of these problems added up over time. 

"That's part of the problems that are there, and some of the older buildings have deteriorated and they're at a point where they're just not usable," said Meyers. 

The Village Green has been bought by Timberview Construction. 

Meyers said the city as well as the companies who purchased the hotel are hopefully planning on keeping the same services, inlcuding keeping parts of the hotel, the RV park, and the restaurant open. 

"They're looking for a business owner that would be willing to partner and work with them on doing that and running the smaller scale hotel in a sustainable manner on the property," said Meyers. 

The new owners and the city are planning to add new small businesses to the property and they also plan on adding some family-style apartments into the mix. 

"As we've visited with them, there's been some discussions about how can we keep a portion, and can you keep some of the Village Green and hopefully get some kind of a hotel or operation there as well the apartments for multi-family and commercial that they want to do," said Meyers. 

Even with all of these ideas, Meyers said nothing is set in stone just yet; a lot of things are still up in the air.

KEZI 9 News also spoke to the current general manager of the Village Green, Jake Aura. He agrees there's a lot of work to be done at the hotel and the other facilities. 

"Yes, it sucks that the Village Green is selling. There are a lot of employees that have been here for a long time, and it's like, you know, we're family, but at the same time, you know, change can be good. The Village Green definitely needs some work," said Aura. 

Amanda Roland, a housekeeper at the Village Green, has worked at the hotel off and on for the past two years. She said she has created a life for herself at the hotel, calling it a sanctuary. 

"I'm 34 years old. I've been working since I was 16. This job is the most peace I've ever felt working somewhere," said Roland. 

Roland also said she isn't so sure the new management will do what's right for the hotel and the community surrounding it. 

"As somebody who lives in this community, I just don't feel like this is the right vibe that Cottage Grove necessarily wants to project," said Roland. 

Aura said current employees are welcome to apply under the new management, but for right now, there are a lot of unknowns.

"Well certainly, they will be able to apply in the future, but for right now it won't be run as an RV park, or a hotel, or a lounge," said Aura. 

Roland said she would come back if the opportunity presented itself.

"I would love to come back. I love these rooms. I love this place. I'd love to see, even if they just keep part of it open, and they rehabed that part, like I'd love to see how that came out," said Roland. 

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