Locksmith moves out of Glenwood ahead of road work
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - After 39 years in Glenwood on Franklin Boulevard, Eugene & Springfield Lock and Safe moved about a mile east to Pioneer Parkway and Main Street in Springfield.
"It was an old Dairy Queen, and we were busting out the seems," said owner Eddie Martinez. "It was challenging moving out a company of 39 years. You know we have a lot of keys, we have a lot of little parts."
Martinez said the company also anticipated redevelopment in Glenwood would impact operations at the Franklin location.
"There's about seven or eight businesses in Glenwood that will have to relocate because of buildings too close to roads and that kind of thing," he said. "When they do the second phase, they kind of have an X through our building, so relocation was going to be something that needed to happen."
Situated between Eugene and Springfield, Glenwood offers one of the last developable waterfronts in Oregon, said Niel Laudati with the City of Springfield.
"We've been working for years with all of the land owners to see what kind of packages we can put together for new development," he said. | Learn more about the Glenwood Refinement Plan
Private development is separate from the city project in the area, Laudati said.
"So you may see smaller businesses move in and out, but when you talk about the larger businesses like the new hotel that comes in, that takes a little more work and a little more time. And then there are always, there are property owners in Glenwood who have some freedom to sell or build what they'd like, and so we find out about that once their plans are developed a little bit," he said.
"The city plans are different," Laudati added. "We are mostly interested in the roadway. We put in new waste water lines last year, and that will allow more development to come in, but as far as like large plans, those typically are private development."
The local chamber of commerce is working with businesses affected by the redevelopment.
"Our chamber is very much behind the development in Glenwood and whether that means relocating business, helping businesses that are relocating, to accommodate that growth or for new people that are coming into Glenwood," said Paul Schwartzberg with the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.
"There's already been a few other businesses that've moved in the area like one of the you know car dealerships that was there that has moved over to Highway 99, so in that case they moved to Eugene," he said. "There's both perspectives on it. Some people view it: do it kicking and screaming; and others just are jump in with, you know, both feet and go for it."
For Martinez, moving into a larger location in the heart of Springfield and being part of downtown development proved more attractive than seeing how Glenwood redevelopment proceeds.
"The modifications that they're doing to the roads and the improvements that they're doing, our building really isn't going to be standing there much longer," he said. "When they try to widen the roads, our location is probably going to have to be demo'd."