City Council gets first official look at waterfront redevelopment plan

EUGENE, Ore. - Eugene wants to spark redevelopment of a central stretch of Willamette River frontage vacated by the local electric utility.

Think Portland's Pearl District here in the Emerald City, with Willamette River frontage and existing riverfront parkway infrastructure.

The 27 acres previously occupied by Eugene Water and Electric Board's motor pool and other functions has been a subject of 5 years of study by planners.

The Eugene City Council got its first look at the plan Wednesday.

The plan calls for 3 central uses:

  • 8 acres of parks and open space
  • 14 acres of mixed use development (commercial & residential)
  • 5 acres of public right of way (streets and paths)

A public hearing June 17 at City Council starts the city's approval process.

Joe Harwood at EWEB hopes for final approval by City Council this summer. Sale of the property would help EWEB pay down the debt on the Roosevelt Boulevard operations center, where the motor pool and other functions moved.

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