The Eugene City Council and Board of County Commissioners, both unanimously approved key deal points on an agreement between the City and County that will provide a site for a new County Courthouse on the former City Hall site, provide a site for a new City Hall on the current Butterfly Lot, and restore the historic public square with enhanced public space in the Park Blocks.
Over the last several months under the direction of the Eugene City Council and the Lane County Board of Commissioners, a Joint Work Group of city and county staff have collaborated on an opportunity to site City Hall, the County Courthouse and the Lane County Farmers Market in some of the most prominent and well-visited public spaces in Eugene. The work focused on the common goals of providing the best possible service to our communities, making efficient use of public resources, and the creation of a truly great civic center to serve Eugene and Lane County for decades to come.
The proposed agreement builds on the City and County’s shared history on the sites and the community founders’ original vision of a “public square.” It supports mutual goals of providing a permanent location for a year-round, public farmers’ market and continues the momentum of downtown revitalization.
The key deal points in the agreement establish the price for each site based on the fair market value, outline the shared investment each government will make in coordinating the development of each site, and reiterate the commitment to working together as each project moves forward to ensure the best possible outcomes for current and future needs.