1059 Willamette Street

At their June 9 work session, Eugene City Council discussed the proposal for the Montgomery, submitted in response to the Request for Proposals the City issued for the redevelopment of 1059 Willamette Street. Council directed staff to begin negotiations with the Montgomery development team and bring back terms for the sale and development of the project. A future work session to discuss those terms is anticipated for fall 2021.

1059 Willamette building, old LCC building
  1. Overview and Project Updates
  2. Project Vision
  3. Downtown Urban Renewal
  4. Background Documents

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.


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. On September 30, the Agency Board passed a motion to make $700K of Urban Renewal tax increment funds available with the RFP. (See Urban Renewal tab for more information.)


Current Updates

On September 30, Council/Agency Board took several steps needed to move forward with issuing the Request for Proposals. Council approved the RFP criteria that will be used to evaluate proposals. Council/Agency Board also passed two motions to identify $1.1M of available funding in the RFP. This includes:

  •  Estimated $400K of the Gordon Lofts MUPTE Moderate-Income Housing Fee (Information on MUPTE program)
  • $700K of Downtown Urban Renewal tax increment funds (see Urban Renewal tab for more information)

Proposal

The City released a Request for Proposals (RFP) in November 2020. The RFP was open for 3 months and we received one proposal from a development team led by deChase Miksis and Edlen & Co. The development team is proposing a new mixed-use, mixed-income building, called the Montgomery. The proposed project would have 129 units – 66 of the units would be restricted to households with incomes up to 80% of Area Median Income. The other 63 units would be rented at market-rate without income qualifications.  Download the full proposal. 

Below is an excerpt from the proposal summarizing the project’s key concepts:  

  • “We plan a mixed income project targeted to downtown residents with the  support services that address the needs of all residents of the  building. 
  • We have partnered with Womenspace to provide 10 set aside units for victims of domestic violence and will provide targeted support services for these set aside units.  
  • The project builds on the historic main street character of Willamette  Street with a design that responds to the scale and character of the adjacent historic buildings.  
  • The ground floor of the building builds on the thriving entrepreneurial  community in the downtown core by offering incubator retail spaces with  shared common areas at below market rent.  
  • Opportunities for art and community creativity will be generated with a public  gallery in the lobby of the building and a mural wall to build on the City’s hugely successful mural project.  
  • The project will be designed to be certified under the LEED Multifamily program by employing cost effective green building measures that reduce the environmental impact if the building while maximizing the living and working environment of the tenants and visitors of the building.” 

At their June 9 work session, Eugene City Council discussed the proposal for the Montgomery, submitted in response to the Request for Proposals the City issued for the redevelopment of 1059 Willamette Street. Council directed staff to begin negotiations with the Montgomery development team and bring back terms for the sale and development of the project. A future work session to discuss those terms is anticipated for fall 2021.


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  1. Amanda D'Souza


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