Eugene considers moving mayor's office

Other departments could also be relocated to LCC's downtown campus.

Posted: Oct 23, 2020 4:44 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The city of Eugene could be on the move. Or at least the mayor's office.

Councilor Alan Zelenka said on Friday that the mayor, the city manager, and other departments may move out of Lane County's Public Services Building at 8th and Oak.

The new location would be LCC's downtown campus, across from Eugene's main library. The LCC board voted earlier this week to proceed with negotiations on a lease with the city.

Zelenka called the potential deal a "win-win" because the downtown campus has available space. He noted the city played a key role in developing the downtown campus in 2011, providing the property and $8 million in urban renewal dollars.

Still to be determined, Zelenka said, is how much space LCC has available for rent.

The city has not had a proper city hall since 2012, when the last employee moved out of its former building on Pearl Street. It was demolished in September 2015.

Since then, departments have been widely scattered throughout Eugene.

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