Old LCC Building

Old LCC Building in its current state


Purpose:

     
The former Lane Community College (LCC) downtown center at 1059 Willamette Street, is located across from the Lane Transit District Bus Station. The building was vacated in 2013 when LCC opened its new Downtown Campus at 10th Avenue and Olive Street. The 66,000 square foot facility has three floors with a full basement. LCC is currently working to identify potential redevelopment opportunities that would contribute to and support the entrepreneurial ecosystem anchored by RAIN Eugene, the regional accelerator and innovation network.
 
The structure is large enough to house an ‘innovation center’ with maker space, wet labs, and other equipment that could support an art and technology incubator. Redeveloping the building into an incubator space benefits the downtown and community by:  
  • Improving in the physical appearance of the building and supporting the vitality of the downtown streetscape.
  • Providing affordable incubator space for early-stage creative industries and start-ups that will create new economic opportunities for community members.
  • Creating a dynamic public space, that will stimulate additional public and private investment in the surrounding area.

LCC is collaborating with the City, RAIN, Lane County, and others to develop a concept that will benefit the community in the long term. A key goal is to transform this large, vacant building into an active use, contributing to downtown vitality and economic prosperity.

Estimated cost range:

Current LCC estimates for building improvements are between $8 million to $12 million. These are very early estimates. LCC will have more detailed information on project costs once additional work and a feasibility study are completed. Improvements could include tenant improvements, seismic upgrade, updating building systems, façade improvements, and technology. The Urban Renewal amendment makes the project eligible for up to $6 million, with current estimated range of $1 million to $3 million. 


Next Steps:

Continued project scoping by LCC.  Community engagement and refinement of City participation to come followed by council review and a public hearing.
 An example of co-working, incubator space

 

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