Plans for riverfront development in Eugene moving along

During the work session, staff with the city showcased some of the early concepts they had in mind for the project.

Posted: Dec 13, 2017 5:47 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – The Eugene City Council met on Wednesday to discuss how they plan to redevelop the riverfront property near EWEB. The city bought nearly 17-acres of riverfront property from EWEB in April.

During the work session, staff with the city showcased some of the early concepts for the project. Staff plans on implementing a 3-acre park along the Willamette River, a new downtown neighborhood, and they want to create more access to the river from throughout Eugene.

Staff said they have not finalized a deal, but plan on working with Portland-based developers Williams and Dame to create their vision.

Mayor Lucy Vinis said there is still a lot of work and planning to do, but she is excited for what's to come.

"I think it's going to continue to enhance our quality of life,” said Mayor Vinis. “We all enjoy the river, we all enjoy the parks, and this is just simply expanding our park system to give us more opportunities to get to the river. I think we're all going to enjoy it."

Staff said they won't have an estimate on the cost or how they plan on paying for it until they finalize design plans.

The redevelopment project should be finished by 2021.

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