GLENWOOD, Ore. — The Springfield City Council gave the green light Monday to a proposed hotel and conference center on the Glenwood waterfront.
The Springfield City Council approved the signing of a letter of intent to start that multi-million dollar investment.
Developers presented their plans Monday night at a joint meeting between the city of Springfield and Lane County.
Residents and business owners are reacting to the proposal.
Some were worried about this project changing the area they call home, while others welcome the idea of a redeveloped Glenwood.
“Someone showed up in Glenwood, and I said really?”
Glenwood resident Jacqueline Wilison says the idea of redeveloping is not sitting well with her.
She doesn’t like the idea of developers swooping in and changing her home, regardless of how lavish it might be for the Glenwood area.
She says there’s crime in Glenwood and just because there are plans to give Glenwood a facelift, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will stop.
“I’ve been trying to survive there, it’s a dangerous neighborhood,” said Wilison.
But according to the latest FBI report crime is down in Springfield from 2011 and is lower than Eugene’s.
Glenwood is considered part of Springfield.
But there are some business owners who are more open to the idea.
“Bigger than most anything in Oregon when you look at something of this nature. And I think that will be a positive for Eugene and Springfield,” said Michael Karotko, President of Ramsey Waite Company.
Karotko says they’ve been on Franklin Boulevard for almost 20 years.
The multi-million dollar investment that would create a 150-room hotel and conference center would be directly behind Ramsey Waite and they would have to move, but Karotko says it may just open another door.
“We don’t know what’s out there exactly to go look at that could be better for us, so hopefully it will be a bigger better Ramsey Waite Company,” said Karotko.
But some residents understand both arguments about the proposal, but think it will help bridge the gap between Eugene and Springfield.
“It will bring commerce to Springfield which will help. I would think the values of their homes would go up as well. So it sounds like a win win but I do understand that feeling of being invaded by you know a big corporation,” said Eugene resident, Sheri West.
Lane County commissioners wanted a little more time to think over the decision on approving signing the letter of intent.
They’ll reconvene Tuesday morning to ask questions about the project during their morning meeting.
If developers get everything approved groundbreaking could begin this summer.