Land for Affordable Housing

View from the street of the site located along 13th Avenue east of Chambers shows mostly open field

Opportunity for More Affordable HousingMap shows the location of the site between 13th and 14th Avenues east of Chambers St.

On January 24, 2022, the Eugene City Council approved the Housing Implementation Pipeline (HIP), a document outlining key goals and actions to increase housing stability and accessibility over the next five years in Eugene.

The HIP included goals to explore the viability of particular City-owned property available for Affordable Housing Development, in addition to land acquired through the Land Acquisition for Affordable Housing program.  Appendix D of the HIP provides the potential timing and use for redevelopment of City-Owned Land for Housing.  The site on 13th near Chambers is the first site on the list.

13th Avenue Site (Former Naval Reserve)

 Council identified the City-owned property on 13th Avenue east of Chambers, also known as the Naval Reserve site, to be made available in the fall of 2022 for affordable housing development through the federal HOME request for proposal (RFP) process that happens annually each fall.

2022 Housing Request for Proposals

Homes for Good Housing Agency's project proposal called Naval Reserve Apartments and Early Learning Center (now called Ollie Court) was tentatively awarded the property by City Council in early 2023, pending completion of project financing.  Homes for Good was also awarded $735,000 in City Fee Assistance for systems development charges and building permit fees, and was awarded over $2.2 million in HOME funds by the Eugene-Springfield HOME Consortium Governing Board. The proposed project is to build 80 units of affordable rental housing, common area and an early learning center.  The housing would serve very low income households and the early learning center would serve residents and non-residents.  Please see more project details in the Naval Reserve Apartments development application for HOME funds.  

Next Steps

Homes for Good was awarded Oregon Housing and Community Services development resources and other resources to complete financing for the development.  Construction is anticipated to begin in 2024. 

For more information please contact Ellen Meyi-Galloway.

Hilyard Street between 33rd and 34th Avenues

Through the HIP, Council identified the City-owned property on Hilyard Street between 33rd and 34th Avenues to be explored as a potential affordable housing development site.  There is no proposed development at this time.  The City is in early stages of reviewing the site for development potential, including research on the property and studies related to environmental conditions.  

The site is less than 1 acre.  There is a multi-use path along Hilyard on the east side of the site that would not be altered.  A Eugene Water and Utility Board utility easement will be on the west side of the property.  A wetland was identified on the site, and because of the site's proximity to Amazon Creek, this property or some portions of it, may also be added into the floodplain by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as they revise and update their maps of the area.  The City is reviewing potential impacts on the wetland and potential floodplain. An Early Notice was sent to adjacent properties and related agencies in December 2023. If you would like to receive email updates on the site, please sign up for the interested parties list.  For comments or for more information please contact Ellen Meyi-Galloway.

1059 Willamette

The former Lane Community College downtown building at 1059 Willamette Street was acquired by the City in 2020.  It has been vacant since 2012.  City Council identified Urban Renewal funds to support the redevelopment.  Please see the 1059 Willamette project website for more information.

1091 Coburg Road

The City entered into an Option Agreement to research a 0.90 acre property at 1091 Coburg Road as a potential site for future Affordable Housing development.  The site currently has a single residence and outbuilding.  The east side of the site includes a wetland area that would not be altered in a proposed future development.  The property is zoned R-1 but because of its location on Coburg Road, it is designated to be re-zoned to R-2.  Currently up to 18 units could be built on the site and if re-zoned up to 25 units could be built.  If you would like to receive email updates on the site, please sign up for the interested parties list.  For comments or for more information, please contact Ellen Meyi-Galloway.