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Neighbors Weighing in on OSU Extension Building Options

February 3, 2011

By Gia Vang

EUGENE, Ore. — A neighborhood association is weighing in on two proposals on what to do with the empty OSU Extension Service building at the Lane County Fairgrounds.

The Jefferson Westside Neighbors say they’ve talked with the Lane Events Center and St. Vincent de Paul, both groups who put in proposals about what they want done to the old building.

The Lane Events Center wants to tear down the building and expand the parking area to offer what it calls more revenue producing-events like farmers’ markets.

As for St. Vincent de Paul’s proposal, it would rehabilitate the building.

It wants to use the space for its housing programs, offer it up as a potential site for a warming center and provide office space for others.

But before county commissioners choose any long-term plan, neighbors say they want to see a master plan.

“Our concern is that it would that that would pre-empt what might be really good plan for some other use that would be locked out because there would’ve been a commitment for an extended period of time,” said Paul Conte, Jefferson Westside Neighborhood Chair.

Neighbors say they have talked to both groups but have yet to support either proposal.

Neighbors say they hope that for now county commissioners will table the proposals until further research is done.

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