At a work session today, the Eugene City Council took definitive action reaffirming its previous direction that the future City Hall will be new construction and that Phase 1 will be built on a half-block of the existing full-block City Hall site. The Council also stated that, with the possible exception of the Council Chamber, the existing City Hall building will be demolished.
Earlier this month the City Council paused deconstruction work on the site in order to review technical information, hear concerns from the community, and clarify direction moving forward.
At a work shop on Monday, September 22, the City Hall Design Team presented the technical information that led to the development of the final concept design and site framework for the City Hall project including:
- the full range of options that were considered over the last year – from full renovation of the structure, to reuse of parts of the structure, to rebuilding a new structure;
- results of technical analysis that led to the rebuild concept and site framework including cost, accessibility issues, structural challenges, energy efficiency data, and the development value of the site; and
- review of project values and goals that were developed through community engagement and Council discussions and how those values informed the recommendation to rebuild new.
Webcasts of all Council meetings are available online at www.eugene-or.gov/webcasts.
Based on the City Council’s direction, the deconstruction of the building has resumed and the project team will continue to refine the concept design. A Council work session will be scheduled soon to consider the future of the existing Council Chamber, as well as options for possible underground parking and a possible fourth floor for the Phase 1 building.
Please visit the project website at www.eugenecityhall.com for more information.