The Lane County Farmers’ Market returned to Eugene’s Park Blocks in the 1970s and has become a vital source of quality local produce and a cornerstone of downtown activity. While the Farmers’ Market has maximized use of the existing space, the configuration and limitations of the site make it difficult for the market to grow and reach its full potential. For many years, the Farmers’ Market has expressed a need and desire to establish a larger and more prominent, year-round market in downtown. This project focuses on possible improvements to the Park Blocks, or another downtown location, in order to create a more attractive and functional venue for a permanent, year-round Farmers’ Market. Options range from a simple pavilion to a full service building and from no land acquisition or site improvements to land acquisition and improvement for the project.
Estimated cost range:
The cost will be based on the type of building and the cost of the land and site prep. The Urban Renewal amendment makes the project eligible for up to $4.5million of urban renewal funds, with an estimated cost ranging from $1.5 million to $4.5 million.
City Council and the Board of County Commissions have agreed to key deal points on an agreement between the City and County that would provide a site for a new County Courthouse on the former City Hall site and provide a site for a new City Hall on the current Butterfly Lot. The agreement builds on the City and County’s shared history and the community founders’ original vision of “public square,” supports mutual goals of providing a permanent location for a year-round public farmers’ market, and continues the momentum of downtown revitalization. Once the agreement is finalized, the City will begin the community engagement and project scoping processes.
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