PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A key public event space in Washington County has been closed for good because of safety issues.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the problem was discovered last week when an architectural firm performed a routine engineering assessment of the Washington County Fair Complex in Hillsboro. The Main Exhibit Hall and three smaller buildings were deemed unsafe.

Complex manager Leah Perkins-Hagele says fair officials knew the exhibit hall built in the 1950s was not in great shape, but the severity of the report caught them off-guard. They called vendors who had upcoming events to notify them of the closure.

The development comes as the fair is expected to break ground later this year on a $46 million exhibition center that will greatly increase event space on the fairgrounds. It's scheduled to open in 2020.


Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com