New deal: City eyes Eugene Field site

July 2017 Posted in Community

What do you think of a new Silverton Police Station and potentially a city hall on the Eugene Field School site on North Water Street?

The Silverton City Council is seeking public input and the question is urgent ­– there’s a July 17 vote on the line.

On July 7 the council found its bid for the site had moved from second position to first after a developer withdrew his offer to the district. That made the issue pressing.

“The terms of our offer require us to take action at our first scheduled council meeting,” Silverton Mayor Kyle Palmer explained in his call for immediate public input.

“We are adding an item to the July 17 meeting agenda that relates to approval of a purchase and sale agreement between the city and the Silver Falls School District.

“A few weeks after the decision was made to not pursue our offer on the former Square Deal Lumber property, the council began looking at the Eugene Field site and directed the city manager to begin negotiating the details of an offer on the property,” Palmer continued.

Real property negotiations are exempt from Oregon Public Meeting Law and discussed only in closed executive session until the negotiation reaches the approval stage, he said, adding all votes must be taken in open session.

“The offer that the council has made is representative of the uniqueness of this property, it’s importance to our community, and much-stated citizen opinion that a civic center stay in the downtown if possible.

“Many citizens have expressed concern with abatement of known issues related to the existing structure and those potential issues have been considered… We would still have a due diligence period during which we would complete a number of assessments on the property as part of the offer prior to the sale becoming final.”

If ultimately approved, the site would become home to a planned police station, a future city hall (or one built concurrently if costs indicate that is more logical), and have the potential for some public use/park space or perhaps mixed use development, Palmer said.

To make your input part of the record submit comments by July 17 to: City Council, 306 S. Water St., Silverton, by e-mail to lfigueroa@silverton.or.us and kpalmer@silverton.or.us, or appear in person and speak at the 7 p.m. council meeting at the community center,
421 S. Water St.

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