Riverfront redevelopment still holds promise

For more than a decade, EWEB has envisioned transforming its largely vacant riverfront property into a vibrant, active, mixed use neighborhood on our downtown waterfront.

Following creation of a master plan, which has received Eugene City Council approval, EWEB solicited proposals from developers interested in the 17-acres of unused land along the Willamette River.

Three highly-qualified development proposals were considered by commissioners in the fall of 2014. However, the developer ultimately selected by EWEB Commissioners – the University of Oregon Foundation – pulled out of the process in mid-May 2015.

Commissioners on June 2 will meet to discuss options to move this project forward and will provide staff with direction on next steps, including re-engaging the other master developer finalists. EWEB remains optimistic about the potential for this project to transform our downtown riverfront and create value for our customers and the greater community. The utility will continue to work with the City of Eugene to honor the community’s vision for a river district.

The 17-acre site includes land vacated when EWEB moved its field operations and engineering departments to a new operations center in west Eugene in 2010. EWEB’s customer service, administrative and other functions remain in its headquarters building along the Willamette River. The headquarters was not part of the land considered for sale.


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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