$53M downtown LCC complex puts 'pit' in Eugene's past

$53M downtown LCC complex puts 'pit' in Eugene's past

EUGENE, Ore. - A project credited with kick-starting a wave of downtown rejuvenation in Eugene is nearing completion.

And that means the pit across from the Eugene Public Library is no more.

In its place stands the new $53 million Lane Community College downtown campus and Titan Court Apartments.

Built in just 21 months, the new campus will help LCC combine its downtown programs and classes under one roof and provide student-oriented housing in the downtown core.
 
The college's award-winning energy management program is also relocating from the main campus to downtown.

"We'll have our small business development center, English as a second language, adult basic and secondary education," said Dr. Mary Spilde, the LCC president who championed the project.

Spilde appears on the cover of the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce's magazine. The Chamber said the project has sparked another $120 million in new development downtown.

"Energy attracts energy," said Dave Hauser with the Chamber. "The LCC downtown campus is a big source of energy for our downtown."