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Developer chosen for Glenwood riverfront site

City of Springfield
The nine-acre property is at a bend in the Willamette River just west of the bridge to downtown Springfield.

The City of Springfield has chosen a firm to develop a nine-acre site along the Willamette River in Glenwood.

The Springfield Economic Development Agency chose deChase Miksis of Eugene in partnership with Portland firm Edlen & Company after hearing their proposal for the Glenwood site.

Courtney Griesel is the Economic Development manager with the city of Springfield. She said they’ve assembled the property over many years with an eye toward developing it into a mixed use destination with potential for multi-family residential, open space, retail and hospitality. Griesel described the property at a bend in the river, just west of the bridge that connects Glenwood to downtown Springfield.

“It’s about nine acres that runs from Franklin to the river’s edge,” Griesel said. “And it’s just a phenomenal site in a wonderful community. Really one of a kind. There are very few sites like this in the region, but really even in the state.”

The area is walking distance or a short drive to downtown Springfield and not far from the University of Oregon campus. The development is part of Springfield’s Glenwood Refinement Plan.

At their presentation to the board, the firm said they would balance preservation of the riverfront with any development that takes place. Griesel said the city will be working with the development firm over the next several months as plans solidify.

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.