DEQ Says Eugene Can Move Ahead With Riverfront Development

Jun 12, 2017

The State Department of Environmental Quality (or DEQ) says, with soil contaminants now removed, the city of Eugene can move ahead with development of property along the Willamette River. The 17-acre site was formerly the operations yard for Eugene Water and Electric Board.

Aerial photo of the EWEB property. The areas in red comprise the 17 acres the city plans to buy. Buildings with the blue “X” have been demolished.
Credit EWEB

Last year, the City of Eugene struck a deal with EWEB to purchase the property for 5.75 million in urban renewal funds. With oversite from the DEQ, the utility cleaned up soil contamination that pre-dates EWEB.
“You know back in the 1860s, 1870s, it was a pretty thriving industrial area.”
Joe Harwood is EWEB spokesman. He says the DEQ has approved the cleanup which means the city can move forward with its plans.
“I think the community is excited to see what type of mixed use development goes in there.” Harwood says, “And I know those of us at EWEB that have been involved in this process are really excited to see downtown and the river be connected.”
The city plans to work with a developer to put in shops, restaurants, offices and a park on the site along the Willamette River.
The DEQ is holding a public meeting about the property on Tuesday evening at 6 o’clock at the EWEB building.