Apartment owners challenge plan for new WinCo in Eugene

Owners of a Eugene apartment complex are fighting plans for a new WinCo grocery store on Chad Drive.

Posted: Nov 12, 2020 9:04 AM
Updated: Nov 12, 2020 10:19 AM

EUGENE, Ore. – Owners of a Eugene apartment complex are fighting plans for a new WinCo grocery store on Chad Drive.

Living Strong LLC, owner of the McKenzie at Crescent Village, appealed a decision by the city to allow WinCo to build a reconstructed rear loading dock and a bottle redemption center at the site of the former Shopko. A virtual public hearing on the matter will be held Thursday at 5 p.m. for members of the public to express their thoughts.

The city approved permits for WinCo to renovate and move into the building in July, but permits for the loading dock and bottle drop were on hold. Later, those permits were approved as a modification to the original plans.

RELATED: WINCO CONFIRMS NEW EUGENE LOCATION AT FORMER SHOPKO

But in an appeal of that decision, the apartment owners raised several concerns about traffic, appearances and safety.

“It is irrefutable that the 24-hour operation of WinCo and the projected sales volumes will result in significant changes in external impacts on surrounding properties,” lawyers for the apartments wrote.

They argue the changes are substantial and ought to require WinCo planners to apply for an entirely new site review and traffic study.

However, lawyers for WinCo responded to the appeal, saying the developers are simply against the project and “opposing the opening of the store in general.”

“The City’s zoning code could not be clearer that the new WinCo supermarket is an outright allowed (use) and not a change from the previous use,” WinCo said.

You can join or watch the virtual meeting on Zoom at 5 p.m. on Thursday. To listen only, dial: +1-669-900-6833 or 1-877-853-5257 and enter the Meeting ID: 959 9592 1834.

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