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Mr. Papé asked if the City was working with PeaceHealth regarding its plans for the Willamette campus <br />property. City Manager Taylor reported that he and the mayor recently met with representatives of <br />PeaceHealth, who were discussing a timeline of 2009 for disposal of the property. <br /> <br />Mr. Kelly thanked Mr. Macy for his remarks about the need to program public plazas and recalled that had <br />been a recommendation of the Parks Block Placemaking Committee. He thought an employee to manage the <br />space would be appropriate. <br /> <br />Mr. Kelly said he did not see his motion, passed by the council in April 2006, reflected in Ms. Laurence’s <br />presentation. His focus had been on green space and much of what was being presented focused on <br />hardscape. He had discussed a festival lawn concept in April and nothing in the presentation approached <br />that. He had also requested rough costs and timelines and staff was now proposing to return with the cost <br />and time line for developing a plan to develop the space. Ms. Laurence said that when considering new <br />green spaces, staff had nothing to judge in regard to what was the right size and space, and so it turned to <br />the inventory approach. Staff looked at what was happening in the downtown to create a bigger framework. <br />She pointed out that the Cit had many visionary policies but no design plan to guide staff at the design level. <br />A timeline and budget had to be the next phase. Mr. Kelly did not see that next phase in the suggested staff <br />motion. Ms. Laurence said staff was building toward that, but Public Works staff as well as other staff <br />pointed out the need for a design level plan after the Agenda Item Summary (AIS) was drafted. Mr. Kelly <br />wanted to see key next step #2 added to the motion. <br /> <br />Mr. Kelly agreed that criteria were needed and had hoped that with professional involvement, the council <br />would see ideas for those criteria during the presentation. He saw nothing concrete in the presentation to <br />comment on. He wanted a more specific timeline and the cost of creating a connection to the river. He <br />agreed with Mr. Pryor that something in the center of downtown would be useful. <br /> <br />Mayor Piercy endorsed having more garbage containers in downtown. She believed when installed, they <br />were used, and they changed the look of an area. <br /> <br />Mayor Piercy encouraged Mr. Kelly to bring up the managed Parks Block concept with the Mayor’s <br />Cultural Policy Review Committee. <br /> <br />Ms. Bettman agreed with Mr. Kelly that it would be nice for the council to be able to focus on something <br />do-able and concrete. The City had many high-level planning documents that the City could not afford to <br />implement, and by the time it got through those high-level planning efforts, it had missed opportunities. She <br />thought all the concepts discussed were good and liked the idea of connectivity and using street space as <br />public space. She said that downtown street design was very important to her, as well as corridors with <br />consistent themes and connecting places. <br /> <br />Speaking to Mr. Papé’s comments, Ms. Bettman did not like diagonal parking because it made the street <br />look like a parking lot and she thought parallel parking preferable because it protected pedestrians from the <br />traffic lane. <br /> <br />Ms. Bettman called for a better connection on Willamette between the Hult Center and the Hilton Hotel. <br />She did not think the space was very navigable space for anybody and thought it should be opened up and <br />better connected. She had hoped to have street car running through the area but acknowledged that idea had <br />failed to gain traction. She thought the area at a minimum should be made a more inviting public space for <br />pedestrians. <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—Eugene City Council October 25, 2006 Page 3 <br /> Work Session <br /> <br />