As the weather warms up, activity on the Downtown Riverfront site will also ramp up. The transformation of the vacant industrial site into a world-class new park and vibrant new neighborhood begins in earnest this spring as site preparations begin to fulfill the community’s vision of reconnecting the City’s downtown to the Willamette River.
Over the coming days, weeks, and months, people will start to notice activity and large machinery at the Downtown Riverfront site. Much of the work will prepare the site for future development.
- Demolition – Several buildings will be removed from the site to make way for the development of the new park and infrastructure, including new streets and sidewalks. The Equipment Repair and Tire Shop buildings as well as the Midgley Building and the Warehouse Operations building are scheduled to be removed over the next few months. Due to the age of the Warehouse Operations building, the City worked with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to document the historic aspects of the building. This information will be used to provide state-level documentation and inform an on-site interpretive installation. Non-profit, BRING Recycling, spent several weeks on site and salvaged as much as possible from the buildings for reuse and recycling including shelves, doors, lockers, plumbing fixtures, and more. Staton Construction, the demolition contractor, will also be separating and recycling, reusing or salvaging at least 50% of the non-hazardous construction, demolition, and debris.
- Steam Plant – The iconic waterfront Steam Plant is not being removed. A local development team conducted extensive community outreach and has developed a proposal for the redevelopment of the Steam Plant. More information can be found at www.steamplant.us. The proposal is scheduled to go to the City Council at their April 24th noon work session.
- Riverfront park – Riverbank enhancements will start in late spring/early summer and include removal of invasive species, laying back of slopes, and replanting the area with a higher diversity of native plants. Learn more about the Riverfront Park at www.eugene-or.gov/RiverfrontPark
More information on the Downtown Riverfront redevelopment is available at www.eugene-or.gov/Riverfront.