'Civic Village'? Or a new Y? Or pro soccer ...

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EUGENE, Ore - The Eugene 4J School District received three proposals for Civic Stadium.

The first is from Eugene developer Steve Master.

Master wants to build a 100,000 square foot Fred Meyer on the south end of the property.

The project would also include apartments. Fred Meyer representatives said the store would be much smaller than the one on West 11th. | Artist renderings of proposal

The second proposal is from the group Save Civic Stadium.

Save Civic wants to bring a professional soccer franchise to play at the new stadium. The plan also includes building a new grandstand on the eastside of the field and a restaurant. | Map of plan

Board president Ron Crasilneck said he's confident there is enough support in the community for an MLS team.

"Soccer is really growing as a professional sport in the United States especially among the younger generations," said Crasilneck. "So we are very confident that Eugene would embrace this new team."

Save Civic plans to pay for the project with donations, grants and loans.

The Eugene YMCA also submitted a plan. They would build a new $20 million building in the current Civic Stadium parking lot.

The rest of the land would become tennis courts and a new parking lot surrounded by town homes for students attending Lane Community College and University of Oregon, operated by an outside company. | Images of the Ballpark Village proposal
KVAL News asked Y executive director Dave Perez what he would say to people who want to preserve the historic grandstands.

"I'm a baseball guy and that hurts too," Perez said. "But we don't think at least for what we want to do, there is no need for the stadium to be there."

Perez said they will pay tribute to the old grand stands, calling the development "Ballpark Village".

The Eugene 4J School Board will decide what to do next.

They will take the proposals and grade them based on a list of criteria, including potential revenue, community impact and how the group plans to preserve the grandstands.

The school board is expected to make their final decision in May.