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Redevelopment Proposal Moves Forward

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EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County Commissioner voted Tuesday to move forward a multi-million dollar project proposal to develop property at 6th Avenue and Oak Street.

While the details aren’t yet set in stone, most of the county commissioners, project heads and even some citizens are excited about what the project could mean for the county and city.

The feeling on the corner of 6th Avenue and Oak Street has been quiet for quite some time, but that could change as early as 2015.

With a vote of four to one, county commissioners moved forward with turning the now-empty lot into an extensive retail and housing complex.

Now the county administrator can start negotiating a short-term lease with the proposal’s writers, the housing and community services agency of Lane County and Fifth Street Public Market Developer Brian Obie.

“We need to move this community forward. This is a big step. Adding the Inn at the 5th made a big difference in perhaps how people feel about this community, and I think this will as well,” said Obie.

The $67 million project would include affordable housing, a theater, a grocery store and a new hotel, just to name a few features.

“When we completed the public safety survey, the other component was to have a strong economic development message and I think you can see that this board is really trying to put that forward,” said Sid Leiken, Lane County commissioner.

But supporters say the project’s benefits go far beyond that.

“I think the intangibles will be the biggest gain we have as a city. I think that the economic gains will be there and be a wonderful bonus for us, but I don’t see that as the reason for doing this though,” said resident Jim Schmidt.

The city’s reason to do it, to resuscitate a downtown that’s been struggling for years.

While the project seems to have come out of nowhere, the county says there was a public hearing about the property just a few months ago. The county has moved forward with this proposal and says there will be plenty of opportunities for public input.

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  1. jason marks says:

    YOU FORGOT ONE THING>>>>> WE HAVE NO MONEY AND YOU CAN’T PAY FOR THE SHERIFFS OFFICE OR THE JAIL.

    BUT WE HAVE MONEY TO GO SHOPPING.

    RECALL YOUR COMMISSIONERS PEOPLE. ! YOU ARE GETTING SCREWED.

    Yes, the project did come out of “no where”
    someone pulled it out of their as.s

  2. Jim Guyson says:

    Nice work in having a true understanding of what is going on here Jason. Guess what, private development is funded by private sources! Not the Lane County government.

    If this proposal goes though, Lane County would actually receive money every year for owning this land. The land would be leased to private business for an amount that is too be determined. The county has NOTHING to do with paying for redevelopment of this land. When you see a Wal-mart built, do you automatically think that the local city government paid for it? Sounds like it.

    Do your homework Jason and think before you spew anymore verbal diarrhea. You’re only screwing yourself when you make misinformed, naive decisions.

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