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Four Suitors Court EWEB Riverfront


Four groups have expressed interest in developing a 27-acre tract along the Willamette River in Eugene. Eugene Water and Electric Board envisions a vibrant, mixed-use "people place" at their Riverfront site.

EWEB has moved most of its operations to West Eugene and has been working for years on a vision for the property along the Willamette River.  Jeanine Parisi is Community Relations Coordinator at EWEB. She says choosing a developer is a key step in transforming the riverfront from an industrial site to something else.

Parisi: "Most of that vision has to do with a clear, articulated connection between downtown and our river. And in a way that's a green, mixed-use, urban, dynamic, fun, vibrant place where lots of people say they want to bring their family and actually have a beer on the river."

The four groups that responded to EWEB's Request for Qualifications are the University of Oregon Foundation, Paradigm Properties of Eugene, and two Portland-based firms: Trammel Crow Company, and Williams and Dame Development. The proposals were submitted Friday. Parisi says the groups will present their plans to EWEB's board and the public in July. A firm could be chosen by the end of summer.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. 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.