The building was originally constructed as a Montgomery Ward department store. Lane Community College (LCC) used it as its downtown educational center from 1979 until 2012. LCC vacated the property when it moved to its new building, the Mary Spilde Center, at 10th Avenue and Olive Street.
The City of Eugene bought the building from LCC in April 2020, with the intent to redevelop it into mixed-income housing. The City has identified resources that could be directed to support project and issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for mixed-income housing. We received one proposal in response to the RFP. City Council is scheduled to vote whether they would like to move ahead with that proposal at a June 9, 2021 Work Session.