New building to combine fine arts space with housing in Eugene
EUGENE, Ore. - A local investor proposes to build an $18 million, 5-story building with apartments - and a new, larger space for the Eugene Ballet.
Local investor Alex Haugland has put together plans to build the Midtown on a parking lot at 16th Avenue and Pearl Street in Eugene.
The building would house the Eugene Ballet and 6 other fine arts non-profit organizations.
"In addition to that, beginning on the second floor, there's 25 or so housing units that will go on up there," said Joshua Neckels, executive director of the Eugene Ballet. "It will be a mix of apartments, condos."
The building is the latest high-rise housing proposal in Eugene.
Work is just getting underway at the Amazon Corner development on Hilyard Street.
And there's a proposal to build high-rise student housing where the former Louie's Village restaurant was located on Franklin Boulevard.
"It helps support our goals around compact urban development," said Laura Hammond, a policy analyst with the City of Eugene. "Certainly helps people to have more housing in the community."
The Midtown offers additional benefits for the ballet.
"The building is going to be able to provide us with a long term investment," Neckels said.
He hopes the building will be open by July 2019.
In addition to the ballet, the Midtown will provide expanded space for the Oregon Mozart Players, the Eugene Opera offices, the Eugene Concert Choir and other groups.