EUGENE, Ore. -- Neighbors in the Chad Drive area are organizing to oppose the possibility of a WinCo opening in the old Shopko building.
According to city officials, though they have not yet filed a land-use application, the grocer has met with the city to discuss the possibility of using the space and has even conducted a traffic study to determine potential impacts of opening a new store.
A group of nearby residents calling themselves Keep Eugene Moving Forward is distributing fliers around north Eugene neighborhoods, claiming that a WinCo Foods would generate more traffic than the area can handle, causing backups and poor public safety.
They are demanding that the company and city explore traffic infrastructure that should be built before they consider approving any project.
Nearby resident Gary Tipton, who is not associated with the group, said he would be happy to have a new grocer nearby, but he does think traffic would be a nuisance.
"Anytime you bring in a retailer of that size and stature as far as their draw and individual people shopping there, anytime you do that, it's an area of concern," Tipton said.
Crescent Meadows Homeowner's Association President Dan Rodriguez thinks that traffic would increase outside of his neighborhood, making it more difficult to access the Beltline. However, he believes that Eugene traffic is not nearly as bad as other major cities in the area and city officials can do more to keep it that way.
"I know the city is always worried about the growth here. They really need to give us some better transportation options while we can still develop them before it gets too late," he said.