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UO seeks permit from City of Eugene for future waterfront redevelopment

The University of Oregon is seeking a conditional permit from the City of Eugene to potentially build near the campus riverfront if there's a student need. (UO)

EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Oregon is seeking a conditional permit from the City of Eugene to potentially build near the campus riverfront if there's a student need.

At issue are 77 acres near the Frohnmayer Bridge.

The University submitted a master plan submitted to the City for conditionl use permit. If granted, the permit would allow the University ot build within 100 feet of the river's edge.

The land could become three year-round athletic fields and campus buildings.

"This is not a typical conditional use permit," planner Emily Eng said. "It's usually not required for such a large area of land, and the reason why it's required for such a large area of land is because of where we're located it includes land that's along the Willamette River which is a very special area."

The University's master plan includes 200 feet of restoration along the river's edge, including a bicycle path and boat launch.

At this point, it's all hypothetical.

The University expects to go through a public hearing during the summer to obtain the conditional use permit.

Even if granted, there is no funding for construction, and the school would have to go through many internal processes to approve building. | MORE ON THE PROJECT

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