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EWEB weighs moving headquarters from riverfront to Roosevelt Boulevard

Close to 200 employees would be moving out of the EWEB headquarters by the river if a move is made. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. - Can you envision a "for sale" sign outside the headquarters of the Eugene Water and Electric Board?

General Manager Frank Lawson is thinking about pulling out of the EWEB headquarters by the river and shifting all the staff to the operations center in West Eugene.

First will come a feasibility study to see if the move will pencil out financially, but officials feel a consolidation makes sense.

"It's going to be quite a process," said Joe Harwood, EWEB spokesman. "It could be a year, 2 years, 3 years down the road."

The goal: Improve services to customers.

"You're going to improve your operational efficiencies," Harwood said. "You're going to reduce travel time between West Eugene and downtown. You'll have better coordination between work groups, and probably most important we can be more responsive to our customers' needs."

EWEB built the Roosevelt Boulevard operations yard in 2010. The facility is home base for about 300 of the utility's employees now.

Harwood said close to 200 employees would be moving out of the EWEB headquarters if a move is made.

The formal proposal could come to the EWEB board by the end of the year.

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