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Apartment complex development in N. Eugene the focus of meeting

A proposal to build a large apartment complex in North Eugene was the focus of a meeting, August 30, 2017. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. - A proposal to build a large apartment complex in North Eugene was the focus of a meeting Wednesday night by the Eugene Hearings Official.

"We are a neighborhood of 200 homes, 300 people," said Jean Rubel, a Lakeridge resident. "It isn't just a few of us who are impacted by this."

No final decisions were made, but residents at a nearby senior estate, Lakeridge of Eugene, said they wanted to weigh in with their concerns.

The plan comes from River-Ridge Golf owners Ric and Debbie Jefferies and the Spring Capital Development Company.

Developers are proposing a 360-unit apartment complex on the land.

Neighbors at nearby Lakeridge Estates said they are not out to block the project, but fear higher traffic loads on North Delta Road will hit a crisis point.

So Wednesday night, residents shared some modifications to the current proposal in order to fully support the development.

One condition the group mentioned is to reduce the speed limit there to match that of a residential area.

Another condition required either improvement of the roadway, or installation of a traffic control device, such as a stop light signal.

But representatives of the applicant said a traffic signal is not needed to offset the impacts of the development.

"The developer will be installing a four-way stop during the first phases," said Kelly Sandow, Owner of Sandow Engineering, "so when they do the first part of the development, they will take Delta Highway at Ayres Road and they will modify it to be a stop controlled at all of the approaches."

Residents of Lakeridge say they are concerned a four-way stop would cause traffic to congest and become a more dangerous problem, than what they say it is now.

Although no plans for the development were finalized or changed during Wednesday's meeting, Rubel, one of the main organizers for the Lakeridge residents, said she was shocked by the turnout.

"A group of seniors...somebody is going to get sick and not show up," said Rubel. "I had no idea how many people would show up, and I could feel my eyes filling when I saw the crowd gathering."

Rubel helped organize the bus rental, allowing a handful of Lakeridge residents to attend Wednesday night's hearing.

She told us about 36 of those seats were filled.

The case remains open.

There will not be another public hearing, but everyone has a final opportunity to submit written comments regarding the development to the city.

The deadline to submit is a week from Wednesday.

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