EWEB 2023 year in review
In 2023, EWEB invested in our community with grants, rebates and an array of other programs and measures aimed at fulfilling our core values of safety, reliability, affordability, environmental responsibility and community/culture.Find Out More
EWEB Recognized with Excellence in Communications Awards from American Public Power Association
We are proud to have been recognized with two Excellence in Public Power Communications Awards for 2023 from the American Public Power Association (APPA).Find Out More
Let's talk turkey. If a disaster strikes, is your family ready?
Many of us avoid discussing politics over the dinner table in the spirit of family peace and harmony. But here's a topic that can bring everyone together: emergency preparedness.Find Out More
EWEB To Hold First of Two Public Hearings on Proposed 2024 Budget and Prices
At the Nov. 7 Board of Commissioners meeting, EWEB staff will present a proposed budget that includes rate increases necessary to support utility operations and make needed infrastructure investments.Find Out More
Public Power Week Poster Contest Winners 2023
The results are in! View the winning posters from EWEB's 2023 Public Power Week Poster Contest.Find Out More
EWEB lead annual "Spill Drill"
EWEB coordinates drill as part of protecting Eugene’s drinking waterFind Out More
Public Power Week Poster Contest 2023
It’s that time of year again! October 1-7 is Public Power Week. To celebrate, EWEB is holding our annual poster contest for fifth graders in our service area. Help us pick the winners.Find Out More
Salmon Return to Finn Rock Reach
Finn Rock Reach and other restoration projects throughout the Middle McKenzie provide conditions to help young fish survive to adulthood.Find Out More
EWEB programs reflect community values
EWEB is here to serve our customer-owners and provides programs that reflect the values of our community.Find Out More
National Preparedness Month: Older adults take control in 1, 2, 3
We know older adults can face greater risks when it comes to the extreme weather events and emergencies we face, especially if they are living alone, are low-income, have a disability, depend on electricity for medical needs, or live in rural areas.Find Out More
Women in STEM: EWEB Engineer Laura Ohman's second degree brings a lifetime of benefits
EWEB Engineer Laura Ohman shares how getting her second degree was one of the most difficult and rewarding things she's ever accomplished.Find Out More
Bethel neighbors boost emergency preparedness during Emergency Water Station event
Staff gave out about 300 emergency water containers to enthusiastic community members eager to learn more about the water station.Find Out More
Stay cool during extreme heat events
With temperatures forecasted to reach over 100 degrees over the next several days, we've prepared some tips and tricks to help you stay cool.Find Out More
Women in STEM: Meet our servant leader and maker of tough decisions
Karen Kelley, Chief Operations Officer at EWEB, describes herself as a "servant leader," offering support and mentoring to four division managers at EWEB.Find Out More
EWEB establishes multipronged resiliency policy
Disaster recovery and prevention are being embedded in all operations and processes.Find Out More
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EWEB, City Complete Riverfront Property Sale
April 17, 2018
Redevelopment efforts for Eugene's downtown riverfront jumped forward on April 17 when the City completed the purchase of 16 acres of property formerly used as EWEB's operations yard.
The largely vacant riverfront property, immediately south of our Headquarters Building at 500 E. Fourth Ave., holds enormous redevelopment potential. The sale to the City enables acres of underutilized land along the river to begin the transition from a decades-long industrial hub to a vibrant, multi-use neighborhood, riverfront park and community gathering place.
Reconnecting downtown to the riverfront is a vision the community, EWEB and the City have been working toward for more than a decade
"Getting to this point with the property sale is a proud day for EWEB, the City and our mutual customers -- and shows that a cooperative approach between agencies can yield beneficial results," said Frank Lawson, EWEB's general manager. "Our early investment in a community-master plan and the collaborative work with the city over these past years makes us excited about the future of downtown Eugene."
EWEB completed the foundational work necessary to prepare the property for a different future, including adopting a site master plan with broad community support, collaborating with the City on rezoning to allow for mixed-use development and a public park along the river's edge, conducting environmental remediation work, and undertaking other pre-development activities.
"The sale of the property to the City represents the last major milestone for EWEB," Lawson said. "This is good for our customers because we can get out of the real estate business and focus on the core services of delivering pure water and reliable electricity," he said.
The City is well-positioned and committed to the next phase of redevelopment, and will continue to advance the community's interest in a high-quality, publicly accessible development along the river that is done in an environmentally responsible way.
"Reconnecting downtown to the river has been a long-held goal, and redevelopment of the site is key to creating a vibrant people-place along the river," said Denny Braud, Executive Director of the City's Planning and Development Department. The city is working with Portland-based developer Williams & Dame to redevelop the property consistent with the 2010 EWEB Riverfront Master Plan and the concept plan presented to City Council in January.
The City's Parks and Open Space Division has already started the process for the design and construction of the future 3-acre riverfront park identified in the Master Plan, and have selected a design consultant team led by Walker Macy. The conceptual design phase is expected to be completed in fall 2018, including public input over the next several months. Project permitting and construction documentation will follow, with park construction expected to begin in 2020. The goal is to have the riverfront park completed in time for the 2021 World Track and Field Championships.
The City is also planning to solicit proposals to redevelop the Steam Plant building located on the property. The redevelopment of the Steam Plant is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to honor the historic significance of the downtown riverfront site while embracing its potential as a place of community pride and gathering. For more information on the Downtown Riverfront visit the City's website at https://www.eugene-or.gov/riverfront.