EWEB riverfront poised for redevelopment
For more than a decade, EWEB and the community have envisioned creating a vibrant, mixed-use “people place” on the utility’s downtown riverfront
property. This vision would fulfill Eugene’s long-standing goal of connecting the city’s downtown core with the Willamette River. The next
steps toward meeting this shared community goal are now underway.
Since the early 1900s, the riverfront property surrounding EWEB’s existing headquarters building was used for industrial purposes and – eventually –
as the utility’s operations yard. However, the operations yard has been largely vacant since 2010, when EWEB opened its Roosevelt Operations Center
and moved half the work force from the riverfront. The move set the stage to begin the planning work necessary to make this prime property available
for a better community use.
The design and land use plan for the EWEB riverfront site was a final step in construction in a decades-long aspiration to reconnect Eugene’s downtown
with the Willamette River. The adopted Riverfront Master Plan presents a community-supported vision for the future of the property, and models mixed-use
redevelopment that is responsive to the unique characteristics of a site where river and city meet. This plan received overwhelming support from the
many community members who commented on the plan or participated in its creation.
Recently, EWEB took the next big step needed to bring the vacant portions of the riverfront property back to life. The utility has
solicited statements of qualifications for a "master developer" to purchase or lease the 17 acres of surplus property now available for redevelopment. In addition, EWEB is flexible
and making other portions of the 27-acre property available, including the Headquarters Building, under certain conditions.
EWEB is seeking interest from development teams with the requisite experience and financial capacity to convert the property into a vibrant, economically
viable, well designed, urban mixed use neighborhood. We are looking to identify and select an experienced, financially capable team that can execute a
project of this magnitude that also delivers on the vision and values expressed in the Master Plan. The ideal applicant will have a proven track record,
creative vision, technical skill and the savvy to bring about a cohesive, high-quality redevelopment plan for the entire site.
Four responses to the solicitation were submitted to EWEB at the end of May. The utility will conduct a thorough
evaluation process that will include an opportunity for the top teams to make presentations to the EWEB
Board of Commissioners and interested members of the public on July 30. With Board approval, the selected
team will be invites to begin negotiations with EWEB on the terms of a property-disposition agreement.
Summaries of the responses are now available.
Learn about the planning process and extensive community involvement that informed the creation of the EWEB
Riverfront Master Plan, a framework that will guide future redevelopment of the property.
Send an email to the
Riverfront Master Plan Project Team with your questions