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Public Input Sought On Future Of Eugene's Steam Plant

City of Eugene

A historic building on the riverfront in Eugene could get a makeover and become a local gathering place. Public input is sought on plans for the steam plant building.

The steam plant sits along the river near the former EWEB property. Built in 1930, it used to supply steam heat to the city of Eugene. The building has been idle for many years. Mark Miksis with deChase Miksis Development says the vision is preserve the historic aspects of the structure.

“The part of the building that has the big tall windows, that faces the window, creating a community place, a place where people can come down to the river, get a beer, maybe get something to eat.” Miksis says, “And we also want to address the cultural aspects of the building. So there’ll be something that talks about the history of the structure.”

Right now, the team is seeking public input on the future of the steam plant. The Eugene City Council will decide on a final proposal in April.

More info at steamplant.us

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.