Multi-Unit Property Tax Exemption

  1. Program Overview
  2. Program Requirements
  3. MUPTE Review Panel

The Multi-Unit Property Tax Exemption (MUPTE) is a tool that can shift a proposed housing development to being financially feasible. It is a state-enabled program designed to be an incentive of redevelopment of residential properties in city centers and along transit corridors. In Eugene, the City Council has authorized the use of MUPTE in the downtown area.

MUPTE allows new multi-family units (5 or more units) to avoid property taxes on the value of new residential construction for up to 10 years. The property continues to generate taxes for the land value during the exemption period.MUPTE_DevelopmentOverview

The figure to the right shows how the costs of development and operating revenues are connected. The construction costs are all up-front and are made before the developer generates any revenue from the development. Typically, developers use a mix of equity (i.e., investor funds) and debt (i.e., bank loan). The developer estimates the future rents from the apartments and/or commercial space or sales from condominiums, to estimate if those expected revenues can cover the debt payments and provide investors with a return on their investment that is competitive with other investment opportunities. By exempting property taxes, MUPTE lowers the operating costs in the early years of a housing development so that it becomes financially feasible.


Use the map below to locate your property in the MUPTE and other economic incentive areas.

Current Applications

The City of Eugene received three applications for ten-year property tax exemption under the Multi-Unit Property Tax Exemption (MUPTE) Program. The applications are for three separate proposed apartment buildings located on undeveloped lots in the Downtown Riverfront area.

  • The applications will be processed concurrently and City Council will consider the applications at a future meeting. The total number of residential units from the three projects would range from 381 to 510, based on alternative proposed scenarios. The applications can be downloaded here:
  • Written comments may be submitted to Denora Garfield, City of Eugene Planning and Development Department, 99 W. 10th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401 or For more information, please contact Dylan Huber-Heidorn at 541-682-5475.
  • Comments may be submitted during a 30-day period and must be received by 5:00pm, Thursday, December 23.    

Past Applications

City Council approved the Olive Lofts application on July 27, 2016.
Click here to download the Council Packet.

City Council approved the Gordon Lofts application with a 5-3 vote at their October 17, 2018 work session. Gordon Lofts is a 7-story, 127-unit apartment building with ground floor commercial space at the northwest corner of 6th Avenue and Pearl Street and is part of the 5th Street Market expansion. The building was completed in 2020.

Gordon Lofts MUPTE Application

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Watch Council’s discussion

City Council approved the Ferry St. Manor application with a 5-3 vote at their September 11, 2019 work session. Ferry St. Manor is a 5-story, 50-unit apartment building located off of Ferry Street, north of 11th Avenue. The building was completed in 2020.

Ferry St. Manor MUPTE Application

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Watch Council’s discussion

Contact Us

  1. Amanda D'Souza

    Business Development Analyst
    99 W 10th Ave
    Eugene, OR 97401
    Ph: 541-682-5540
    Fx: 541-682-5572

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