Historic Building On the Move

EUGENE, Ore. — The City of Eugene opted to save a historic building from demolition and now it’s moving time for that building.

It’s the old Eugene Food Growers Association building, and it dates back to 1921.

Construction crews set up a structure of beams and lifted it about five feet in the air.

A credit union is going to be built on the site and the city didn’t want to see the old building torn down because the city says it helps tell the story of Eugene’s industrial beginnings. The city says the building is not spectacular, but it’s important in the narrative of the community’s history.

Crews say the building will be moved over the railroad tracks to the EWEB lot.

“It’s always a bonus seeing that type of stuff. It’s a big part of our history. They are all over the place, and it’s always nice to see them saved rather than torn down because usually someone will turn them into something neat down the road eventually,” said Andy Hulings, Northwest Structural Moving.

Crews say the building weighs 345,000 pounds. Next week it will be moved with a remote control dolly system. The city says the money for the project is coming from urban renewal funds.

The city says it’s throwing around of couple of different options for the future. It says the best preservation of an old building is a new use.

The official move that will take place May 22 bright and early in the morning.

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  1. Debbie Rivers says:

    Historic building on the moveā€¦

    How about the City generating revenue from that building, instead of spending money to temporarily move it, then, move it again? Why would the City consider that? Obviously, it is more important to move a building a couple of times than to put that money toward urban renewal or any programs that are underfunded.

    I think all those in favor of moving the building should put their money where their mouths are. They should pitch in the dollars to accomplish the moves. Or, the City could take the building apart, block by block, the way some of the bridges (one from London) were done. They could then sell the individually numbered blocks to those in favor of keeping it, and make money along the way. Those who bought the blocks would own a piece of history. Then, later, if a permanent spot for the building is ever found, they could donate the blocks back to restore the building.

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