EUGENE- Ore. — The 4J School Board met Wednesday to begin talking about the proposal process for the historic Civic Stadium. The public was also asked for its comments.
4J School Board Members met for a work session to discuss the proposal process. The proposal process should be completed by October.
So far we know of two interested parties, the YMCA and the Washington based Powell Development that wants to build a Fred Meyer shopping complex at the site. Powell and the YMCA were both in the mix about three years ago, the last time the district accepted requests for proposals for Civic Stadium.
When it came to public comment, residents expressed a number of views. There was everything from preserving the stadium, to giving the city a chance to work with the school board, to even hopes that a soccer team would buy it.
Even some of the area’s youngest residents had an opinion. “I am on the soccer team,” said one young Eugene resident. “Civic could also be used as extra space for practice and games.”
Another resident said, “There is a team from the United Soccer League in Eugene officially. They are looking for a stadium to call home for practices that begin in May.”
Another Eugene resident who said she had never spoken up about this issue yet said, “It would just break my heart to to see civic sold off outside of the community.”
Eugene City Councilor George Brown addressed the school board members saying, “We are going to explore ways for the City Council can collaborate with 4J for preservation, reuse and sports stakeholder groups.”
Another resident said, “The YMCA offer not only includes cash, but will teach third graders how to swim which is very very important.”
The 4J School Board says proposals will be due by December 3, with the hopes of selecting a proposal in February.