Construction teams have been working since spring to build the long-awaited Phil and Penny Knight campus of the University of Oregon to accelerate the scientific impact.
Now, the UO is closer to answering a question in the minds of many Eugene residents: Where will the hundreds of employees of the center park?
The UO officials requested a building permit last week to build a three-story parking lot on the existing 2.2-acre site north of Eugene Millrace, on the northeast corner of Millrace Drive and Riverfront Parkway, archived documents with the demonstration of the Eugene Planning and Development Department.
The permit lists the value of the project at $ 12.5 million. But UO officials said they are still refining the project's scope and construction schedule.
"Although largely driven by the anticipated growth of the Knight Campus, the parking platform will be available to the entire campus," said Molly Blancett, a spokesperson for the UO said in an email. "We are still working on what size of parking structure will be needed to accommodate campus growth … which will influence the overall cost and financial model of the project. We hope to receive some offers early next year that will help inform the final scope. and the cost of the project. "
A three-story garage would include 400 spaces, according to the planning documents. A five-story garage would have 600 spaces.
The parking lot is separated from the Knight Campus site by Eugene Millrace and Riverfront Research Park. The lot is also part of what the UO calls the North Campus, nearly 80 acres north of Franklin Boulevard occupied by several university buildings and sports fields that extend almost to the Autzen catwalk and the riverbank.
The UO is seeking approval from the city of Eugene to open much of the North Campus area to the new construction of classrooms and research buildings, projects that could eventually replace the fine arts studios of the university, the urban farm and other buildings in the area
It is expected that the first $ 1 billion Knight Campus buildings will be completed in 2020, meanwhile. The property is located on Franklin Boulevard, between Onyx Street and Riverfront Parkway.
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