Downtown Priorities & Projects

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Overview

Downtown Eugene is the social, economic and cultural heart of our community, and the source of some of our most vexing community challenges. Since the Downtown Plan was adopted in 2004, we have made significant improvements to our downtown. However, ongoing and emerging challenges continue to hold us back and impact the quality of life of people living, working, and visiting downtown. Through conversations with residents, businesses, and organizations, the City developed a list of Downtown Priorities and Projects to guide future improvements to the area. Eugene City Council considered the list and began to strategize on implementation in early 2023.


Implementation

January 2024 Update

This two-page document summarizes the work being done by staff and council to advance all six priorities  as of January, 2024. For additional information on downtown housing, check-out the January 22 council packet and webcast.


Downtown Urban Renewal 

On June 12, 2023, City Council voted to amend the Downtown Urban Renewal Plan, making $50 million available for projects that address community priorities downtown. The amendment identifies three focus areas of possible projects: 

  • Housing (including property acquisition for the development of housing and financial assistance to cover the cost of permits and fees for development of new housing in the downtown);
  • Physical Improvements to Address Safety and Comfort (including street, curb, alley, and sidewalk improvements, streetscape projects, and pedestrian, bike, and multi-modal transportation improvements); and
  • Emerging Projects Directed or Initiated by the Agency Board (could include open space, community facilities, and investments targeted at filling vacant and underused spaces). 

Council, acting as the Urban Renewal Agency Board, discussed the amendment to the Downtown Urban Renewal Plan on April 10 and April 12, and held a public hearing on May 15.  Council/Agency Board has indicated they expect to direct a majority of the funds included in the proposed new spending limit to support the creation of new housing in the downtown core. The actual project funding allocations will depend on future Agency Board budgetary action and project implementation.

Click here to view a summary of the amendment. (Updated June 13, 2023) 

Click here to view the full ordinance for the amendment.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about urban renewal and the amendment.


January 2023 City Council Work Session

City Council discussed the list of Downtown Priorities and Projects at the January 25, 2023 work session. Click here to view the Council materials or watch the webcast.

At this work session, staff provided an overview of the draft list of Downtown Priorities and Projects and the public engagement process. Council directed staff to bring back a proposal to amend the Downtown Urban Renewal District to implement eligible projects. 

Key documents in the packet: 

Downtown Eugene Priorities and Projects Interest List

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Downtown Map

The map below shows the Downtown area being considered for this process. DowntownMap

Contact Us

  1. Eric Brown

    Downtown Manager 

    99 W 10th Ave

    Eugene, OR 97401

    Ph: 541-682-5208

    Fx: 541-682-5572

    Email

Related Plans and Policies

The list of Downtown Priorities and Projects will build upon the City's existing goals and plans, outlined in documents such as: