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<br />M I N U T E S <br /> <br /> <br />Eugene City Council <br />Work Session <br />McNutt Room—Eugene City Hall <br /> <br /> September 20, 2006 <br /> Noon <br /> <br />COUNCILORS PRESENT: Jennifer Solomon, Bonny Bettman, David Kelly, Andrea Ortiz, Gary <br />Papé, George Poling, Chris Pryor, Betty Taylor. <br /> <br /> <br />Her Honor Mayor Kitty Piercy called the meeting of the Eugene City Council to order. <br /> <br /> <br />A. WORK SESSION: City Council Priority Issue – City Hall Complex <br /> <br /> <br />City Manager Dennis Taylor introduced Jonah Cohen of Thomas Hacker Architects and Facility Project <br />Manager Mike Penwell to lead the discussion of narrowing site options for a City Hall complex as a result <br />of the feedback from community forums. <br /> <br />Mr. Cohen thanked the council for the opportunity to work with it over the past year. He noted that the <br />council decided in a previous work session that the City Hall complex should be consolidated to the greatest <br />practical extent but had not yet decided if the police patrol functions would be combined with other City <br />Hall functions or in a separate facility. He said the council also decided to eliminate the renovation and <br />hybrid options and move the project forward based on new construction. He said the focus of the current <br />work session was to narrow the list of 25 site options to two or three sites that would be carried forward to <br />the conceptual design step, which would occur over the next two or three months. <br /> <br />Mr. Cohen explained that conceptual design was an architectural term that referred to a process of laying <br />out the different divisions of a building to determine how they fit together on a specific site or sites, taking <br />into account sustainable design opportunities, planning for open space, public and services access, <br />expansion potential, security issues and implications of the integration or separation of police patrol <br />functions. He said the process would also begin to explore how the spaces might translate into a physical <br />form or massing models. He emphasized that the council was not being asked to make a decision regarding <br />police consolidation and stated that the design team agreed with the City Manager’s recommendation to <br />narrow the sites to Site 8 (Rock N Rodeo/Butterfly Lot) and Site 9 (existing City Hall) because both sites <br />were very compelling. He said the fact that one site was a full block and the other a smaller block would <br />stimulate good dialogue about density issues in Eugene. <br /> <br />Mr. Penwell provided an update on the following sites: <br /> <br />? <br /> The former Sears site – A majority of participants at the last community forum indicated a desire to <br />consider it for City Hall but three responses had been received to the recent request for proposals <br />(RFP) for private development. The proposals appeared to be good quality and responsive and that <br />was why the site was not being recommended for further exploration. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—City Council September 20, 2006 Page 1 <br /> Work Session <br /> <br />