School board holds closed-door meeting on Eugene Civic Stadium

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EUGENE, Ore. - The Eugene 4J School Board is holding a closed-door executive session Wednesday to discuss what to do with the Eugene Civic Stadium site.

During the meeting the board will hear proposal plans from the three front-runners in the Civic Stadium bid process; the Eugene YMCA, a developer working with retailer Fred Meyer and the City of Eugene.

The school board already rejected a fourth proposal from the Friends of Civic Stadium.

Public boards subject to Oregon's public meeting law are allowed to convene closed-door sessions under limited circumstances, including discussion of real estate deals. 

Boards are not allowed to deliberate toward a decision nor vote in closed session.

The school board plans to discuss the issue February 5 and vote February 19.

“We've been dancing around this issue for years,” said council member George Poling. “People in the community know this property has been available for years.”

The Eugene City Council said it's proposal might take time to complete, as the land purchase is hinged on a private investor who would raise $5.5 million.

City councilor George Brown said it also rests on a the council approving a submitted business plan. 

“I’m actually thrilled that two business plans have already been submitted and two more will be submitted by reputable people,” said Brown.

The city says investors have until next Friday to bring in the money, so the city can let 4-J know if they have met their contingencies.

Poling said some in the council are still unsure.

“To me, if there was this magical group that George Brown has been referring too, why haven't they've stepped forward?,” said Poling.

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The Eugene 4J School District is working on the following timeline:

Jan. 8, 2014 Competitive Range of Proposals Scoring Forwarded to Board

Jan. 8 to Jan. 29, 2014 Board Evaluation

Jan. 15, 2014 Potential Interviews

Jan. 31, 2014 Superintendent Recommendation

Feb. 5, 2014 Board Discussion

Feb. 19, 2014 Board Decision

Four proposals

Proposer: City of Eugene
Development Proposal: Athletics/recreation venue. Preservation of stadium grandstands.

Purchase Offer: $4.5 million for combined properties.

Additional Details and/or Conditions: Contingent upon $5.5 million in private funding for renovation, maintenance, and operation, and business plan for review and approval by City Council by no later than January 26, 2013.

Amenable to appropriately deed restriction to ensure property is used for intended purposes. Additional information will be provided upon further review.



Proposer: Eugene Family YMCA with development partner Anslow & DeGeneault and Rick Duncan.

Development Proposal: New Y facilities along with 1 &2family residential dwellings, primarily owner-occupied.

Purchase Offer: $4 million for combined properties. Potentialfor long-term lease, terms TBD.

Additional Details and/or Conditions: lnformation will be provided upon further review.



Proposer: Powell Development / Fred Meyer

Development Proposal: Mixed use development with Fred Meyer retail store.

Purchase Offer: $5 million for combined properties. Alternative for ground lease in amount of $360,000 per year for 20 years with option to purchase land in 20 years.

Additional Details and/or Gonditions: $10,000 per month non-refundable payment during "entitlement" period. Additional information will be provided upon further review


Proposer: Save Civic Stadium dba Friends of Civic Stadium

Development Proposal: Preservation of stadium grandstands. Sports and entertainment venue.

Purchase Offer: $16.56 for the combined properties; "the current value of $1.00 in 1938."

Additional Details and/or Conditions: lnformation will be provided upon further review.