Downtown Riverfront Steam Plant

The oldest standing structure on the Downtown Riverfront property, the Steam Plant has the potential to connect Eugene's future to its past. As part of the Downtown Riverfront redevelopment, the EWEB Riverfront Master Plan emphasizes the community's wish to reveal the “layers of history” embedded in the site to create this special, historically significant place. Its unique position as an icon of Eugene’s industrial past and location within 50 feet of the top of the riverbank calls for the plant to be preserved and repurposed as an important historical landmark at the east end of the Downtown Riverfront property.

  1. Future of the Steam Plant
  2. Steam Plant History
  3. Resources and Additional Info

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On March 14, 2018, City Council, acting as the Urban Renewal Agency Board, directed staff to draft a process for the disposition and redevelopment of the Steam Plant. On April 23, 2018, the Agency Board approved the use of an RFQ/RFP process for the redevelopment of the Steam Plant and criteria to guide the process. The approved process and criteria can be found below: 


Request for Qualifications

As a first step in what will be a multi-stage process, the Agency issued a Request for Qualifications from visionary teams for the redevelopment of the Steam Plant. The Agency received four submissions to the RFQ. The RFQ and submissions can be found below:

Proposals Phase

In August, the City invited a team led by Mark Miksis (of deChase Miksis Development) and Mark Frohnmayer (of Arcimoto) to prepare a full proposal for the redevelopment of the Steam Plant. The development team is currently engaged in a robust due diligence process as they develop their full proposal for the Steam Plant’s redevelopment, evaluating the building’s potential and challenges to determine what work needs to be done to bring the building up to code, making it safe for the community to access. The team is also creating their financial strategy, exploring financing sources for the initial redevelopment, and determining what types of uses are needed to make the building financially sustainable long-term. The team unveiled their initial proposed concepts on January 23, 2019. More information can be found at

Community Outreach

The local team and the City launched a community outreach campaign on January 23, 2019 to solicit feedback on the proposed concepts to ensure that it reflects the community’s vision for the building and serves as a special place the community is proud of. An online survey was open from January 23 to February 19. Results from the community outreach will be available later this spring.

River Guides

In mid-March, the River Guides will evaluate the proposal using the Agency Board-approved criteria. They will make a recommendation to the Agency Director and Board. 


Agency Board Action

The Agency Board is scheduled to hear about the team's full proposal at their April 8 work session. At that time, we will ask the Agency Board to take action authorizing the Agency Director to negotiate deal points with the team. The materials for this work session will be available the first week of April.  


Contact Us

  1. Amanda D'Souza

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