'It looks quite feasible for us': EWEB likely to consolidate operations on Roosevelt

EUGENE, Ore. - The Eugene Water & Electric Board is likely to consolidate offices at the Roosevelt Boulevard site in the coming years, making the utility's waterfront headquarters surplus property.

"It looks quite feasible for us to do that," said Frank Lawson, the EWEB general manager. "In fact one of the most expensive things we can do in the long term is to operate a split facility, like we have today. It'll probably be a few years but over the next couple of years we will consolidate at Roosevelt."

EWEB would save $6 million to $10 million in the first decade after the move, Lawson said.

Lawson said the recommendation comes in a memo that the EWEB board discussed last month.

The study looked at the feasibility of moving all the headquarters staff out of the downtown center, merging all EWEB workers into the Roosevelt Boulevard site.

That building opened in 2010. Some 300 EWEB employees currently work out of that building.

Lawson said EWEB would probably maintain some kind of presence in the downtown area to handle customer service issues.

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