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Groundbreaking set for LCC downtown project.

Byline: The Register-Guard

Long-suffering advocates for downtown revitalization in Eugene are getting ready to party.

Lane Community College has set the official groundbreaking for its estimated $53 million downtown campus and residential complex for Friday.

There'll be comments and praise by officials in the Eugene Public Library, followed by ritual dirt-tossing into the pit across the street that once upon a time was the basement of a Sears department store and now will be the site of the LCC project. And there will be a reception afterward at the city's Atrium Building lobby.

The 10:30 a.m. event will mark the formal start to what is among the spendiest downtown Eugene construction projects ever.

The project totals 177,000 square feet of developed space downtown.

That trumps the new 164,000-square-foot library building, which was unveiled just less than a decade ago. It cost $34 million.

The Wayne L. Morse U.S. Courthouse just east of downtown opened in 2006.

It cost $70 million and created 260,000 square feet of space.

Next week's event will feature LCC President Mary Spilde, LCC Board of Education chairman Tony McCown, Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy and Nancy Golden, education policy advisor to Gov. John Kitzhaber.

LCC's timetable involves starting construction this spring and completing the project by fall 2012.

The project consists of two buildings, a 90,000-square-foot classroom building showcasing LCC's energy management programs, and an 87,000-square-foot student apartment building. The classroom building is estimated to cost $33.1 million, and the housing structure $20.3 million.
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Date:Feb 27, 2011
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