Proposals unveiled: Eugene Field site ideas to be discussed May 20

May 2019 Posted in Community

By James Day

The Silverton City Council plans to review proposals for the Civic Center project on the site of the now-demolished Eugene Field School at a May 20 work session. The city and MiG, its landscape design consultants, have developed four possible concepts for the project. The work session begins at 6 p.m. at the Council Chambers, 421 S. Water St.

The options have been labeled Embrace, Festival Plaza, Civic Park and Silver Creek Eddy. All of the design scenarios include a City Hall, police building and parking and also include room for other development.

The options were developed after outreach efforts to determine the potential uses and general plan of the Eugene Field site. The outreach included stakeholder interviews and a community discussion.

The school, which sat on a 3.46-acre site, was closed at the end of the 2015-16 school year. The building was demolished in February.

The fiscal year 18-19 budget for the Eugene Field project is $1,056,386, said City Manager Christy Wurster.  This includes funds for the hazardous material abatement and the razing of the structure.

The 2019-20 budget proposes spending $731,931 and includes an appropriation for preliminary conceptual planning, a space needs analysis and architectural design.

Wurster said the city would like to complete the construction of the Police Station on the site by FY 21-22 if they are able to secure the funding.  The goal would be to construct the City Hall portion within the five years following. However, once the design is complete and the city is able to secure funding the construction could begin, Wurster said. 

The current police/City Hall building a few blocks away on South Water Street was built in 1925 and is not seismically safe.

Go to www.silverton.or.us to see larger versions of the concepts as a PDF.
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