Civic Stadium, the vacant baseball stadium located near East 20th Avenue and Willamette Street in Eugene, has been owned by Eugene School District 4J since it was built in 1938. The district also owns some adjacent properties, acquired between 1938 and 1941.
The stadium properties are not needed for educational purposes and have been designated as surplus property since 2002.
School board selects City’s offer: On February 19, 2014, the Eugene School Board voted to move forward with the City of Eugene’s proposal to purchase the Civic Stadium properties for $4.5 million. The board directed staff to negotiate a purchase agreement with the City including some conditions:
- A firm commitment to proceed with the purchase within nine months from the date of the purchase and sale agreement. No time extensions will be granted.
- If the City of Eugene sells all or part of the property at a future date, the district will receive a portion of any proceeds resulting from an increase in the sales price.
- A restriction prohibiting property uses that are deemed inappropriate or incompatible with the close proximity of South Eugene High School.
- The city immediately assumes all costs of maintaining and insuring the property and all associated holding costs.
- 4J is allowed to continue to utilize the former transportation shop areas for storage of surplus furniture and equipment until closing.
The district negotiated a purchase and sale agreement with the City of Eugene. The City’s offer is contingent on a City Council decision to be made within nine months following the execution of the purchase and sale agreement. The agreement specifies that the City is to confirm on or before February 16, 2015.
On February 4, 2015, in response to a request from the City, the school board voted to extend this date by 11 days, to February 27.
The City of Eugene confirmed on February 27 that it is planning to move forward with the purchase and sale agreement.
4J and the city are moving toward closing the property sale.