Eugene City Council gives the OK to continue Steam Plant project

During a work session with the Urban Renewal Agency, city councilors were given a presentation from city staff and a design team selected by the city about their plans for the steam plant.

Posted: Apr. 24, 2019 11:25 PM
Updated: Apr. 25, 2019 10:18 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene City Councilors unanimously voted to move forward with plans to renovate the steam plant on the riverfront property in Eugene on Wednesday.

During a work session with the Urban Renewal Agency, city councilors were given a presentation from city staff and a design team selected by the city about their plans for the steam plant.

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The design team said they took their original concepts, got feedback from the community, and changed the look of some of the interior and exterior components.

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They highlighted their new concepts for a tap room and rotating micro-restaurants, as well as the river overlook, a space for art and performances and co-working spaces in the upper floors of the plant.

Mark Frohnmayer, CEO and Founder of Arcimoto, said they want everyone in the Eugene area to be able to enjoy this project.

"If you want to lease a desk overlooking the river as an entrepreneur, as an artist, micro studio space, small office space. But really, get as many people as possible in the community to be able to benefit from this truly unique space."

The steam plant was built in 1931 and operated along the Willamette River until 2012 when it was shut down. Right now, it's just an empty building.

The design team said they won't have the whole remodel completed before the 2021 Track and Field Championship, but they plan to have the area opened up to use as an event space during the celebrations.

Designers said they anticipate the project to cost nearly $26.5 million of private money and to have it completed in about three years.

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