EWEB hears from developers vying for waterfront project

EWEB hears from developers vying for waterfront project »Play Video
The steam plant, completed in 1931, has been out of service since EWEB stopped offering steam heat to customers.

EUGENE, Ore. - Three development groups made personal pitches for their visions for 17 acres of riverfront property owned by the Eugene Water and Electric Board.

EWEB and city leaders hope the utility's former operations center can be transformed into a diverse mix of condos, commercial shops, restaurants, offices and more.

Making their presentations are the Trammel Crow Group, Williams and Dame Development and the University of Oregon Foundation.

The three submitted applications to EWEB in May and are competing for the right to put together the plan for the property.

A fourth group, Paradigm Properties of Eugene, was cut from consideration a few weeks ago.

Trammel Crow was first in line Wednesday for it's presentation.

"This may seem obvious, but we really believe that Trammel Crow is an excellent match for the riverfront project," said Kirk Olsen, senior VP. "Not only do we consider ourselves - but others do as well - as master developers."

Williams and Dame Development was in the middle of its pitch late Wednesday afternoon.

The UO foundation will be last at 6:30 p.m.

No final decisions are being made right away.

The EWEB board wants to make it's selection sometime this fall.