1059 Willamette Street

LCC
  1. Overview and Project Updates
  2. Project Vision
  3. Downtown Urban Renewal

Background

The building at 1059 Willamette Street served as the Lane Community College (LCC) Downtown Center until 2012 when LCC moved in to their new Downtown Campus at 10th and Olive. In April 2019, the City submitted a letter of interest to LCC for purchase of the site. In May 2019, the LCC Board approved sale of the site to the City of Eugene. 


On January 29, 2020 City Council approved the use of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) dollars to purchase the 1059 Willamette Street site. (The meeting materials and webcast can be found here.) The City acquired the building in April 2020.


Proposed Project: Mixed-Income Housing

The use of CDBG funds requires that the site be used for housing and that at least 51% of the units must be affordable to households earning 80% of Area Median Income. The City of Eugene is proposing redevelopment of the site into a mixed income housing project, where 51% of the units would meet the CDBG income requirements, and the other 49% could be rented at market rates. (See Project Vision tab for more information.) At their January 29 work session, Council approved the use of a Request for Proposals process for redevelopment of the site.


Downtown Urban Renewal

In 2016, the City of Eugene’s Urban Renewal Agency (Agency) identified the property as one of four projects in the 2016 Downtown Urban Renewal Plan amendment to be eligible for Agency resources to assist in the property’s redevelopment. The 2016 Downtown Urban Renewal Plan Amendment requires that the City undertake a number of community engagement activities before Urban Renewal funds can be used for the project. (See Urban Renewal tab for more information.)


Current Updates

The site is eligible for funds from the City’s Downtown Urban Renewal District, and staff have been working to identify the appropriate financial support that can make a mixed-income housing development feasible. Using those Urban Renewal funds requires a Public Hearing, so that the public can provide input on the use of the funds for the project. 


City Council discussed the project at their July 15, 2020 work session and authorized staff to schedule a Public Hearing, now set for September 21. A Council work session is scheduled for September 30, so that Council can consider taking action on offering Urban Renewal funding assistance for the project. At this time, it is not known how much financial support will be available. 

 

If approved, the City will offer the property to prospective developers through a Request for Proposals (RFP) process.  An Evaluation Committee will score and rank submitted proposals, staff will ask the public for feedback, and City Council will decide which proposal to move forward with.  City staff are working to select a developer by March 2021.


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Contact Us

  1. Amanda D'Souza


    Business Development Analyst
    99 W 10th Ave
    Eugene, OR 97401
    Ph: 541-682-5540
    Fx: 541-682-5572
    Email

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