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<br /> M I NUT E S <br />e City Council Dinner/Work Session <br /> Eugene Hilton--Bloch Room <br /> December 8, 1986 <br /> 5:30 p.m. <br /> PRESENT: Richard Hansen, Cynthia Wooten, Jeff Miller, Emily Schue, <br /> Roger Rutan, Ruth Bascom, Debra Ehrman, councilors; City Manager <br /> Mike Gleason; Assistant City Manager Dave Whitlow; Development <br /> Director Abe Farkas; Elaine Stewart, Greg Byrne, Jerry Gill, <br /> Development; Pat Decker, Kirk McKinley, Planning; Public <br /> Information Director Barb Bellamy; Dean Runyon, Mark Pangborn, <br /> Phyllis Looby, Lane Transit District; Ann Bennett, Downtown <br /> Commission; Rob Bennett, Jim Ellison, Sam Frear, guests. <br /> I. DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY <br /> Mr. Hansen opened the meeting. Mr. Farkas said tonight's presentation was a <br /> follow-up from November 19. He said staff intended to review Urban Renewal <br /> process steps and financing plans. Mr. Farkas also noted that several <br />. councilors had conducted site visits of the existing Urban Renewal area and of <br /> the area proposed for expansion. He said a public forum on the Urban Renewal <br /> Update was scheduled in February, prior to decisions by the Planning <br />e Commission, the Downtown Commission, and the City Council in April. <br /> Mr. Farkas said the Urban Renewal District over the last 18 years had been <br /> responsible for about $50 million worth of development. He presented a slide <br /> show of the Eugene area. He said many buildings constructed in Eugene in the <br /> 1920s had not been intended as permanent structures, and he noted that Eugene <br /> structures differed from those in Salem and Portland in the condition of their <br /> foundations and in that few here were masonry buildings. Mr. Farkas said an <br /> engineering firm in 1968 had been hired to assess the condition of structures <br /> within a 17-block area, and he showed a map identifying structures found to be <br /> substandard and that would eventually require removal. He said 74.4 percent <br /> of available office space downtown had been occupied in 1968, and a total of <br /> 470,000 square feet had existed, in addition to a total retail space of about <br /> 1.6 million square feet. He added that reta i 1 occupancy rates were not <br /> available for that year. Mr. Farkas compared those figures to 1986 data, <br /> indicating that 87.5 percent of more than 800,000 square feet of available <br /> office space was occupied. He said 1.6 million square feet of retail space <br /> had been retained, and the addition of approximately 1 million square feet of <br /> usable space downtown had brought the total space available to 3.2 million <br /> square feet. He also noted that about 600,000 square feet of the 1 million <br /> increase coul d be attributed to public buildings such as the Communi ty <br /> Conference Center, the Hult Center, and parking structures. <br />e MINUTES--City Council Dinner/Work Session December 8, 1986 Page 1 <br />
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