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Eugene city leaders hope to bring new life to EWEB steam plant

Three developers with local ties have expressed interest in revitalizing the plant with hopes of turning it into a space for restaurants, breweries and a community area.

Posted: Jun. 29, 2018 6:48 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene city leaders hope to bring new life to the old Eugene Water and Electric Board’s steam plant as they get ready to develop the Downtown Riverfront.

The massive plant near EWEB's headquarters closed in 2012. Amanda D’Souza with the city of Eugene said three developers with local ties have expressed interest in revitalizing the plant with hopes of turning it into a space for restaurants, breweries and a community area.

D’Souza said developers have had meetings with the planning committee. The committee will bring their recommendation to the city manager for the proposal phase.

“This building is really complicated and the redevelopment is going to be really complicated,” D’Souza said. “But I think we and the teams who submitted responses understand the importance of this building and the potential it has to be an anchor for the community and the Downtown Riverfront.

Crews have already done some work to address asbestos and other concerns. City leaders hope to have the full proposals ready by September.

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