EUGENE, Ore. -- A $9.8 million project will soon be underway within the city of Eugene, gearing up for the creation of the brand new Park Blocks Pavilion and Plaza.
This will be the permanent home for the Lane County Farmers Market, which will then be year-round. The market will be an indoor and outdoor space, increasing the number of vendors allowed.
Kristi Keller with Brandywine Fisheries on the Oregon Coast shared her thoughts.
“The expansion is going to bring in more people and more products and be more exciting than it has been,” Keller said. “We’ve been at the market forever and just seeing people come and go is an exciting prospect because it's a great place to be.”
The farmers market expansion is one component of the city’s Town Square Project, which came out of their 2019 public engagement.
The money spent will also be used for the surrounding right-of-way and leveling the lot for the future city hall.
The site will be at 750 Oak St. in Eugene.
Demolition of the Butterfly Lot will begin on May 7, and major work will begin on May 24. The actual construction of the Pavilion and Plaza will begin in August.
Joshua Berman is the Community Development Analyst for the city of Eugene.
“Everyone's really excited to have the new farmers market, but I think another big hope for the city is to have this as a new connection point for downtown -- really reinvigorating the park blocks as well as this farmers market area,” Berman said. “We're really close to Kesey Square. There are great businesses nearby, and we just want to knit all of those pieces together. I think that the Pavilion and Plaza really do a great job with that.”
The Pavilion and Plaza is scheduled to open in February 2022.
The money will be coming from the Downtown Urban Renewal Fund.
“Not only will we be building this new Pavilion and Plaza, but we'll be doing work on the surrounding streets,” Berman said. “So, we’ll be doing work on West Park Street and making that a totally even curbless environment similar to Kesey Square. Also in combination, the city is looking to do work on 8th Avenue. That's a separate project, but we're coordinating. That will be turning 8th Avenue from a one way street into a two way street -- so making it a little bit more pedestrian friendly and also adding some bicycle lanes.”
More information about the project can be found HERE.