What has been done in the Downtown District with urban renewal funds?

City Council, acting as the Agency Board, has used Downtown Urban Renewal to support significant downtown improvements, including: 

  • Provided the land and an $8 million grant to build the Lane Community College Mary Spidle Center at 10th and Olive.
  • Helped fund the Broadway Place mixed-use development, which made funds available for additional public safety efforts downtown including nine Eugene Police officers.
  • Contributed about 76% of the total funds for the Downtown Public Library.
  • Funded improvements to downtown lighting.
  • Funds the downtown business loan program that helped the Broadway Commerce Center, the Woolworth Building, the McDonald Theatre, Davis Restaurant, Shoe-A-Holic, The Barn Light, Sizzle Pie, One East Broadway, and Harlequin Beads and Jewelry.
  • Funded the construction of the Farmers Market Pavilion and Plaza
  • Funded the construction of EUGNet, a municipally- owned broadband network that provides high-speed fiber connections for buildings in the downtown area. 
  • Funded the construction of the first phase of improvements to the Hult Center Plaza and Willamette Street connection between 6th and 7th Avenues. 
  • Helped fund the creation and installation of new wayfinding signage in downtown. 

In addition, the Downtown Revitalization Loan Program has provided almost $6 million in loans to support downtown redevelopment and leveraged over $26 million in private funds. The revolving loan program provides gap funds that are repaid and then loaned to other projects. The loan program has supported and enhanced our local businesses including places like the McDonald Theatre, the Jazz Station, Oregon Contemporary Theater, Davis Restaurant, Shoe-A-Holic, Harlequin Beads, the Barn Light, Sizzle Pie, First National Tap House, First on Broadway (apartments), Red Wagon Creamery, Party Downtown, Broadway Commerce Center (office building), Off the Waffle, Woolworth Building, Cowfish, and Brenner’s Furniture.

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1. What is urban renewal?
2. Where is urban renewal used in Eugene?
3. What has been done in the Downtown District with urban renewal funds?
4. How does urban renewal work?
5. Does urban renewal raise property taxes?
6. How has urban renewal evolved?
7. Who benefits from urban renewal?
8. Where do urban renewal funds come from?
9. What effect does urban renewal have on the other governments in the area?
10. How will urban renewal impact the school district?
11. Who makes the decisions about urban renewal projects and spending?
12. Why did the City amend the Downtown Urban Renewal Plan?
13. Why is the City considering an amendment to the Riverfront Urban Renewal Area?
14. What is the City's next step related to Riverfront and urban renewal?
15. How will the money be spent if the Riverfront Urban Renewal Plan is amended?
16. How will the money be spent now that the Downtown Urban Renewal Plan is amended?
17. How much money is there to spend in the Downtown District?
18. What are the City's next steps related to Downtown and Urban Renewal?