EWEB riverfront poised for redevelopment

After years of design and planning work, EWEB is taking a critical step in fulfilling its commitment to transform the largely vacant riverfront property into a vibrant, active, mixed use neighborhood on our downtown waterfront.

On Oct. 7, EWEB commissioners selected the University of Oregon Foundation as a master developer for the site. The selection was made from among three highly qualified developer teams, all of which embraced the community-inspired master plan as a foundation for development of the 17-acre site.

EWEB commissioners authorized the general manager to begin negotiations with the UO Foundation on an eventual sale or lease of the property, most of which has been vacant since the utility moved its field operations, vehicle shop, warehouse and engineering functions to the new Roosevelt Operations Center in 2010.

The negotiations could take up to six months, largely because the disposition is more than just getting the highest value for the property. EWEB recognizes that this is an unparalleled opportunity to repurpose this industrial property into a landmark destination along the downtown riverfront.

Read about the UO Foundation’s vision for developing the property.

We've come a long way

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 master plan and land use code development were essential milestones to complete before the utility could make the property available for redevelopment. The adopted Riverfront Master Plan presents a community-supported vision for the future of the property, and models green, 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.


A new vision for the downtown riverfront

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.

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Send an email to the Riverfront Master Plan Project Team with your questions and comments.