Protestors rally against Glenwood Riverfront development

Two firms, Glenwood Development LLC and Localis, plan to present their proposals to the city Monday night.

Posted: Apr 11, 2021 7:03 PM
Updated: Apr 13, 2021 1:40 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore.-- Protestors rallied along the 4000 block of Franklin Blvd. on Sunday afternoon against the Glenwood Riverfront Development project.

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"There are people who want to build this big monstrosity on this river and I'm out here saying no," said resident Michael Franklin. "We don't have a voice in this and we don't have any representation in this."

Resident Schley Lynch said he's been living in the Glenwood area since he was 19 years old and also weighed his stance.

"I'm just curious what we're going to gain out of this," said Lynch. "We're going to get more traffic down the road, more parking in front our houses. It already takes hours to get police response so what do we get out of this?"

But developers proposing renovation of the land say that their projects would create a vibrant community.

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"We got a great team and great expertise. From that, I think we can develop something that can help the homeless," developer at Glenwood Development LLC Greg Vik said.

But protestors believe that developments to the area would destroy the Willamette River.

"They're going to destroy our riverfront," said Franklin. "They're taking advantage of the fact that we're unincorporated Lane County."

Resident Shannon Wilson said he wants the city of Springfield to address the homelessness problem in the community.

"We've got homeless people all over the Glenwood area. We got housing that's basically falling apart," said resident Shannon Wilson. "We haven't been talked to. They just want to keep us in the dark, make all these decisions and accept these wealthy developers' plans without consulting us."

Both Glenwood Development LLC and LOCALIS will present their proposals to Springfield Economic Development Agency on Monday night.

However, resident Zack Pardo doesn't believe that the development would greatly help the local economy.

"Once the construction is complete, the majority of jobs created would be low wage service and retail sector jobs," Pardo said.

Springfield City Council first initiated a project to improve the Glenwood area in 2008.

Glenwood Development LLC says if all goes as planned they can begin land use immediately and expect to break ground within one year.

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