EUGENE, Ore — Civic Stadium’s been on the district’s surplus property list since 2002, and still, it sits. Unused but not forgotten as the conversation rekindles about the beat up baseball stadium. The school board will likely officially reopen the bidding process in the fall, but buyers are already making their interest known. First the YMCA, and just a week later, Washington developer Peter Powell made his intentions known about building a Fred Meyer shopping complex.
“We were not prepared initially until the YMCA came in and made their offer known, and we followed up with our previous letter we had written before,” said Bellevue developer Peter Powell of Powell Development.
Powell and the YMCA were both in the mix about three years ago, the last time the district accepted requests for proposals for civic, and both say they stuck with the same amount they offered then. The YMCA’s offer came in at 3.5 million, and Powell’s bid at 4.7.
A significant difference in price, and type of project, but both organizations say they’re comfortable with where they sit.
“We refuse to get in a bidding war with them, or anybody else. What we’ve put ion the table is what we can afford, What we can offer to the community and the kids is what sets us apart from other offers,” said Dave Perez, Executive Director at the Eugene YMCA.
“Not only will the project be a gathering spot for the neighbors, I think we can also provide the soft goods and specialty items that I think this neighborhood demands,” said Powell.
The school board hasn’t hinted at level of interest to either property, but say the evaluation process will rely on finances, community use and benefit, things they will look at come fall when the conversation begins again.