EUGENE, Ore. — A new round of talks happened Wednesday at the Eugene City Council meeting, surrounding the push to acquire historic Civic Stadium.
About a week ago council motioned to look further into leasing or buying Civic Stadium from the 4J School District. Now, they’re asking the city manager to prepare ideas to acquire the property by:
“Land swaps, purchase, lease-to-buy, a combination of these; or any other means the city manager deems feasible.”
Some councilors say it is the city’s responsibility to help maintain historic property such as this.
“We would not be doing the due diligence in terms of respecting the vision that this council and this community have articulated as the values that they hold most dear to them,” said Greg Evans, Eugene City Councilor.
No deal has been made. Council would have to approve the plan before submitting it to 4J’s request for proposal process.
Not everyone was on board; the motion passed with a vote of 5-to-3. Opposing councilors argued strongly this would send the wrong message to the public about their current financial situation and judgment.