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<br />Council ChambeI'
<br />Eugene, Oregon
<br />May 22",1972
<br />Adjourned meeting of the' Common Council of'the' city of 'Eugene, Oregon - adjourned from the
<br />regular'meeting hElld ,May 8, 1972 - was called to order by His Honor Mayor Lester E. Anderson
<br />at 7: 30 p. m. on May 22, 1972 in the Council Chamber with the following councilmen present:
<br />Mr. Mohr, Mrs. Beal, Mr. McDonald , Mr. Hershner, and Mrs. Campbell. Councilmen Teague, Williams,
<br />and Bradshaw were absent.
<br />I - PUBLIC HEARINGS
<br />A. Rezoning YMCA'property east side Patterson north of 23rd ' ,
<br />Council Bill No. 9634 -' Rezoning to R-G SR' area on e,ast side of Patterson Street between
<br />YMCA parking lot C!-nd 23rdAvenue, submitted and read the first
<br />time on April 24, 1972, held' at that time and again on May 8,
<br />1972 for second reading, was brought back for consideration.
<br />Manager, explained that at the time of first reading questioB were' raised about this
<br />request which were "answered"atthe May '8 meeting, and that the request 'was dis'cussed
<br />briefly at a joint meeting of the Planning Commission and Council.
<br />Mr. Mohr moved seconded by Mrs. Beal that the bill be read the second time
<br />by council bill number only, and that enactment be considered at this time.
<br />Joe Richards, attorney, introduced the following who urged rezoning of the property:
<br />Bob Booth, president of the Central Lane Y Endowment Fund; Donald Husband, former
<br />member ()f 'the 'YEnd()wment Board;' Mrs . John Warren, meIIJl:a> of the Y Endowment Board;'
<br />Charles Pressman, past president of the Y; James Misko, representing the developer
<br />of the property; Bill Theiss, manager of the YMCA; and Cherie Wheatley (Mrs. William G.)
<br />member of the Y Board. Mr. Theiss presented copies of 'letters to Council members
<br />indicating programs of YMCAs involved with projects similar "to that the local Y
<br />would like to use.
<br />Mr. Richards explained in detail the terms of the lease under which the Y holds the
<br />property owned by School District 4J. He said the School District has no long-range
<br />use for' the property and that there are- no deed restrictions preventing the property's
<br />use as proposed by the Y. The property will: be on the tax rolls, and they do not feel
<br />it proper that- this parcel be kept out of development.
<br />Wes Morgan, 2101 Monroe Street, urged approval of the rezoning, saying that the area
<br />is surrounded by multiple-family units and if'the1990 General 'Plan is to be followed
<br />it would seem logical to fill vacant areas within the City.
<br />Virginia Gillmore, 2182 Hilyard Street, said the entire neighborhood shoUld be con-
<br />sidered for rezoning rather than just the one parcel. She doubted whether one could
<br />say the parcel is surrounded by multiple-family housing since the temporary' Amazon
<br />housing, the Y, and neighbors border the location. 'She said members of the Century
<br />Fund who participated in purchase of that land trusted that it would be use~ in the
<br />right way and thus did not put restrictions in the deed. She said there is already
<br />an excess of housing in the area, and that this type of housing would be for young
<br />unmarried adults. She doubted that it would be a good business deal for the Y be-
<br />cause according to her figures the Y would receive only about 10% of the rental in-
<br />come, the balance going to the developer. She reiterated the opinion that the develop-
<br />ment is an inappropriate use of 'publicly-owned land. .
<br />Hubert Sears, 660 East 22nd Avenue, said the plight of about 200 people signing peti-
<br />tions opposing the rezoning is being overlooked. He said the proposed development
<br />will be in competition with University of Oregon housing which is encountering
<br />problems now in keeping dorms full. He said he believes if this rezoning is granted
<br />there will be a rash of other rezoning requests for the neighborhood; that the people
<br />in that area will have to do something to retain the value in their properties.
<br />Earl Gillmore, 2182 Hilyard Street, said he feels the Council should consider that
<br />the land is public land purchased through efforts of the Century Fund people, and
<br />if rezoning is approved it will set precedent initiating a rush by charitable organiza-
<br />tions to obtain leases on public land for apartment houses. He feels the School Dis-
<br />trict will be criticized and that it will have an adverse effect on 'money ballot
<br />Ted Heid, 2192 Hilyard Street, took the stand that the entire area should be considered
<br />for rezoning rather than the one property because the neighborhood is no longer a resi-
<br />dential type for family use. Two heavily used arterial streets, increased traffic
<br />congestion, noise, and pedestrian use create a need for comprehensive study for
<br />possible zone change of the area between Patterson and Hilyard Streets. For this reason
<br />the issue should not be decided at this time, he said.
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