On a chilly November day, third graders from Adams Elementary School in Eugene learned about the lifecycle of native salmon on a field trip to Lake Creek near Triangle Lake. The field trips take place all month as part of a program funded by EWEB grants. EWEB dedicates a portion of customer rates to inspiring kids to explore the wonders of science and learn about watershed health, water quality, and emergency preparedness.Find Out More
At the Nov. 1st board meeting, EWEB Commissioners got an update on the budget and rates for next year and the EWEB quarterly report.Find Out More
There’s no obvious right answer to the question of what to do about the Leaburg dam and canal. EWEB’s Board of Commissioners met this week for a work session with staff about the project.Find Out More
Imagine if heavy snowfall and freezing rain hit Eugene this winter. Imagine damaged trees, road closures and widespread power outages. What would you do?Find Out More
By partnering with ShakeAlert and the Oregon Hazards Lab, EWEB gets an early warning of the effects of earthquakes on hydropower facilities.Find Out More
EWEB held its Poster Contest for 5th grade students in our service territory for Public Power Week, October 2-8, receiving more than 100 entries from classrooms across the area.Find Out More
EWEB's elected Board of Commissioners has voted to authorize General Manager Frank Lawson to pursue and negotiate the sale of the former EWEB headquarters building.Find Out More
EWEB’s Source Water Champions work year-round to protect our drinking water. They take water quality samples throughout the watershed, help our neighbors be better stewards, and coordinate multi-agency teams for restoration work and hazard mitigation.Find Out More
Local middle school students from around the area learned about the entire life cycle of salmon along the McKenzie River at Salmon Watch 2022, which was held at the EWEB spawning channel. The field trip took place during peak salmon spawning season, when fish that are at least two feet long are reaching the end of their journey from the ocean to their natal streams.Find Out More
EWEB is bringing back our annual poster contest for Public Power Week, and needs your help to select our top 5 winners!Find Out More
EWEB’s electric safety trailer is an interactive tool for the public to learn how to react in a potentially dangerous situation.Find Out More
Eugene’s first black-owned house generates clean energy and community connectionsFind Out More
While commissioners are elected to represent their constituents, they rely on the expertise of EWEB engineers, technicians and other skilled professionals to inform their decisions.Find Out More
At this rodeo, power poles take the place of bulls and electric workers stand in for cowboys.Find Out More
How has EWEB prepared to deliver power and water to all these athletes and spectators from around the world?Find Out More
Community organizations, property developers and others will soon be able to submit offers to purchase and develop a 4.44-acre site in a prime location along Eugene’s burgeoning downtown waterfront district.
The site formerly housed the Eugene Water & Electric Board’s headquarters. The available property represents the northern portion of the Downtown Riverfront Special Area Zone, which is in the process of being transformed by Eugene’s Urban Renewal Agency into a vibrant commercial and residential district.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for someone or a group to create something that will benefit the Eugene community for decades to come,” says EWEB General Manager Frank Lawson. “Of course, as a public utility serving the people of Eugene and nearby communities, we will do our best to fulfill our desire to have the future uses provide ongoing community value, while also ensuring that the finances of the sale pencil out for our customer-owners.”
At the south end of the Downtown Riverfront zone is the former EWEB steam plant. The City of Eugene purchased the steam plant from EWEB in 2018 and is working with a development team to revitalize the historical landmark. In between the steam plant and the headquarters will be a 3-acre park along the Willamette River and a 1-acre public plaza, along with hundreds of homes and commercial space.
“This is another great milestone for the Downtown Riverfront project and for fulfilling the community’s vision of creating an accessible riverfront district and community destination,” says City of Eugene Director of Planning and Development Denny Braud. “The former EWEB headquarters buildings sit opposite the soon-to-be revitalized steam plant, providing strong anchors for the north and south ends of the project.”
The vision for redevelopment of the whole stretch of property was sketched out as part of the EWEB Riverfront Master Plan, which was finalized in 2010 after consulting with hundreds of community members under the guidance of a Community Advisory Team.
“The revitalization of the Downtown Riverfront is bringing new life and economic vibrancy to the whole city of Eugene,” says Eugene Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Brittany Quick-Warner. “This sale of EWEB’s former headquarters represents the final portion of an ambitious project that we have been involved in since the start of the robust and thorough community involvement process. I’m confident that local developers, businesses, nonprofits and other organizations will respond to this call for proposals by assembling a host of strong, financially solid projects that will benefit the whole community, and I look forward to seeing what ultimately happens at the site.”
Interested parties will be able to submit proposals via a formal Request for Proposals process that will open during the second quarter of 2022. EWEB staff and commissioners are still developing specific criteria for scoring proposals, but, in general, proposals will be rated based on community impact, economic benefit for EWEB's customer-owners, the intended use, conditions and contingencies, and the proposer’s qualifications to execute the project.
The site at 500 E. 4th Avenue includes three developable parcels with two buildings constructed in 1988 totaling approximately 100,000 square feet. The property is in a designated HUD Opportunity Zone and may be subject to preferential tax treatment.
The location is immediately adjacent to foot and bicycle paths and the DeFazio Bridge, and it’s close to Skinner Butte Park, Alton Baker Park, the University of Oregon and popular commercial and retail hubs at 5th Street Public Market and Oakway Center.
In the last five years, EWEB has consolidated nearly all employees and operations at the Roosevelt Operations Center in West Eugene to improve efficiency and productivity, making the headquarters building largely unnecessary. The remaining employees – a small number of administrative and customer service staff – will move to the Roosevelt Center by the end of the year.
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