4 groups submit proposals for Eugene Civic Stadium site

4 groups submit proposals for Eugene Civic Stadium site
The Eugene YMCA's site plan for the Eugene Civic Stadium property

EUGENE, Ore. - The deadline for proposals on the future of Eugene Civic Stadium was Tuesday, December 3, at 2 p.m.

Four groups submitted proposals for consideration.

The Eugene 4J School District, which owns the historic wooden stadium and the property it sits on, will have a committee review all of the proposals and report back to the board of trustees.

No final decision is expected until mid-February 2014. | Timeline

There have been 3 competiting proposals in recent years, although it remains to be seen which groups make formal pitches under the current request for proposals.

In the past, three factions - the Eugene YMCA; a developer working with retailer Fred Meyer; and the Save Civic Stadium group - have been the most visible suitors for the property. Of the three, only Save Civic proposes using the property as a stadium in the future.

The City of Eugene has joined the list, with a proposal contingent on a private party coming forward with another $5.5 million to renovate the staditum.

The Eugene YMCA said Tuesday that it had submitted its formal proposal. The pitch includes recreation for 4J students, as well as a component honoring the history of the stadium.

The Y said in a press release that the organization envisions the transformation of the Civic Stadium site into a community center that complements the surrounding residential neighborhood, local businesses and schools. A new Y would sit on the north side of the property with primarily owner-occupied homes to the south.

“The Y’s proposal provides the opportunity to address many of our community’s most pressing needs while embracing our future,” said Dave Perez, Eugene Family YMCA Executive Director. “In addition to our monetary offer for the property, we’re offering the school district exceptional Y programs and services for 4J kids throughout the district, from swim lessons to PE classes to a Center for Academic Achievement - all at no cost to the district. We're facing complex challenges in an era of reduced resources; here's our opportunity to work together and help our kids reach their greatest potential."

The Y said their plan would also honor the legacy of the Civic Stadium site. "We know this site is hallowed ground to many in our community and we want to honor that. We're working with a group out of Southern Oregon whose expertise is to memorialize the history, lore, and memories of a site to ensure that its legacy lives on," Perez said.

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.