Printed in the Register Guard today.
EDITORIAL: ORI finds a home at last
Turns out there’s another site after all
Published: (Thursday, Jul 7, 2011 04:25AM) Today
The University of Oregon made a good case for siting a new building for the Oregon Research Institute on the northwest corner of the Riverfront Research Park. One of [...]
Opponents of a planned building along the Willamette riverfront in Eugene are on the verge of a significant victory as the University of Oregon seeks permission to move the project to a less controversial site.
Next week, the UO will ask the state Board of Higher Education for permission to lease the [...]
Friends of the riverfront,
UO President Richard Lariviere issued a press release last week stating that the University is willing to consider an alternate location for the Oregon Research Institute building, south of the railroad tracks and away from the Willamette River.
This is great news for our riverfront–but we can’t celebrate yet. President Lariviere said that [...]
ORI study to take weeks
A review of an alternative building site already is finding available parking spaces to be a major hurdle
Details about numbers of parking spaces and the size of setbacks needed for an office building may determine whether a years-long dispute over the proposed Oregon Research Institute building ends amicably.
Connecting Eugene is “cautiously optimistic” about UO President Richard Lariviere’s May 2 announcement that the school will look into an alternative location for the proposed Oregon Research Institute (ORI) and Educational [...]
UO President Lariviere asks developers to consider putting the new building farther from the river
After years of controversy, University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere announced Monday that he’s asked developers to consider a second site for the Oregon Research Institute and Educational Policy Improvement Center Building, hundreds of feet from the [...]
Connecting Eugene supports UO President Lariviere’s decision to explore other options for ORI’s riverfront building and parking lot
Connecting Eugene commends University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere on his decision to explore an alternative location for a proposed private office building and parking lot slated to be built along the Willamette River in [...]
Zachary Stark-MacMillan, ASUO Senate President
As the University of Oregon and Oregon Research Institute move forward jointly with plans to build a private office building and parking lot on public lands next to the Willamette River, the Associated Students of the University of Oregon have acted decisively to begin a student-led process [...]
We Have Wonderful News!
The Associated Students of the University of Oregon (ASUO) granted $56,000 to student groups to begin a process of creating a new vision for the future of the university’s riverfront.
The grant will provide opportunities for students and the wider community to learn about the riverfront and to help people imagine what it [...]
Connecting Eugene appeals city’s permit for riverfront development
Opposition group attempts to delay University’s efforts to expand Oregon Research Institute
Stefan Verbano | News editor
Riverfront development opposition group Connecting Eugene filed an appeal with the State of Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals last Tuesday, challenging the City of Eugene’s issuance of a building permit for the [...]
Connecting Eugene filed a notice of intent to appeal with the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) today challenging the issuance of a building permit for the controversial Oregon Research Institute (ORI) project on the University of Oregon riverfront. While this first permit allows only excavation and grading to create [...]
A wonderful article in the Oregon Daily Emerald today about Ron Lovinger and the fight to save our riverfront.
Father of riverfront defense raises voice
University professor Ron Lovinger doesn’t view the Willamette riverfront as a canvas for potential growth, but rather a place of sanctuary and botanical beauty.
While the University ignores community disapproval and [...]
Riverfront building project nears start
But opponents are still hoping to prevent it from moving forward – By Greg Bolt
Construction of the first major new building on Eugene’s Willamette riverfront in more than two decades could begin within a few weeks, although project opponents say they still hope to block it.
The developer on Thursday [...]
The Daily Journal of Commerce – Oregon, a Portland paper devoted to development, published an article by Nick Bjork about the controversial expansion plans for the Riverfront Research Park here in Eugene.
Interviewed for the article, Diane Wiley, Director of the Research Park, reveals the true motive for placing ORI on the riverfront before the 1989 [...]
University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere soon will have an opportunity to turn a corner and bring openness and accountability back into the planning process for the university’s riverfront.
By doing so, he also would be upholding a promise he made last April as he acknowledged mistakes made by the previous administration:
“This institution did not [...]
The good, the bad, and the ugly on Eugene’s riverfront
Good: On November 10, the University Senate unanimously passed a resolution asking the University to explain how it’s been in compliance with contracts and laws that require public review before further development occurs in the Riverfront Research Park. A big thanks to everyone who came to [...]
Significant Questions Remain Unanswered
On Tuesday, November 30, 201, Richard Linton, Vice President for Research at the University of Oregon, submitted a written response to the University Senate Resolution which seeks compliance with the Intergovernmental Agreement, Land Transfer Conditions, and Eugene code in the Riverfront Research Park.
In addition to this written statement, President Lariviere will [...]
Register Guard Editorial Calls the UO to Task.
The Register Guard published an editorial today (pasted below) that asks the University the same questions that Connecting Eugene, the ASUO Senate, and the University Senate have been asking for a few months now. According to the Constitution of the University Senate, if the UO President chooses not [...]
Opponents of a development urge the UO president to halt the project and live up to an old agreement
A group trying to slow plans for a new building along the Willamette riverfront says its construction would violate a 25-year-old agreement between the city and the University of Oregon, and are calling on UO President Richard [...]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 11, 2010
UNIVERSITY OF OREGON SENATE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES RESOLUTION SEEKING COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW–ADMINISTRATION DOESN’T RESPOND
The faculty, staff, and student members of the University of Oregon Senate unanimously approved a resolution on Wednesday asking that the required public review process occur before moving forward with plans to expand the Riverfront Research Park. The [...]
The University Senate will be discussing a “Resolution requesting the University to comply with the existing Intergovernmental Agreement on the Riverfront Research Park”, on Wednesday November 10, 2010 at 3:00pm. The meeting is open to the public and will be in 175 Knight Law Center.
Supporters of the resolution are asked to wear blue shirts to [...]
The ASUO Senate (Associated Students of the University of Oregon) unanimously adopted the Riverfront Resolution today (also pasted below).
There were two Oregon Daily Emerald articles about the discussion and passing of the resolution: Here and here.
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The University has applied for a building permit for the first phase of construction on the riverfront north of the railroad tracks. The plans show a 4-story 80,000 office building to be built on the riverfront surrounded on three sides by a 200-car parking lot (with an area reserved for expansion to 238 parking spaces.
CE Will Continue Efforts to Protect Riverfront
Eugene, Oregon — Three weeks ago, Connecting Eugene filed notice with the Oregon Court of Appeals seeking to reverse a decision by the state Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) that gives the University of Oregon an additional three years to complete construction in the [...]