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Retail business proposed for Chad Drive location.

Byline: Development Report by The Register-Guard

RETAIL PLAN: Veteran Eugene developer and fast-food businessman Ed Weber Sr. has a project up his sleeve for the Chad Drive area of north Eugene.

Weber has applied to the city for permission to carve out an approximately three-quarter-acre lot on the large commercially-zoned parcel occupied by the Coburg Road Shopko store. Weber said he would put a retail business on the site, but won't disclose the venture's identity. The three-quarter-acre site sits between Weber's Taco Bell outlet at the northeast corner of Coburg and Chad and the Video Only outlet to the east.

Weber said he has an agreement with the potential occupant of the lot to keep the business's identity secret for the time being.

Weber owns and runs 20 Taco Bell restaurants throughout Oregon and also owns other properties that he leases to assorted retail and commercial tenants.

Weber last month applied to the city to partition the three-quarter-acre piece from the main Shopko parcel, which totals about eight acres. Weber said that if he wins city approval for the partition, he would buy the newly created parcel from Shopko.

GLENWOOD SPACE: Developers Chuck Koehn and Dick Fuller, partners in Franklin Park Plaza LLC, plan to build a 10,200-square-foot warehouse complex at the south end of Franklin Boulevard in Glenwood.

The pair will build the complex on a 50,000-square-foot parcel they own immediately south of their 20,000-square foot office-warehouse building that houses such tenants as a cleaning service, a carpet installer and a lumber sales business. The parcel is north of the point where Franklin crosses over Interstate 5 and becomes the McVay Highway, which leads to Lane Community College.

The new building will be divided into a dozen small units of 600 to 1,000 square feet, Koehn said. The units should appeal to small manufacturers, distributors, artists and people looking for secure storage, he said.

"About half our customers we expect to be storage only," Koehn said.

He said he expects strong demand for the space and is already getting calls from potential tenants. A small distributor of bakery equipment called recently, as did a potter looking for studio space, he said.

"It's surprising with so much vacant space in west Eugene," Koehn remarked.

"This is a unique development," he said, "with smaller and less expensive kinds of shops."

Koehn said he and Fuller haven't decided what to charge, but it will probably be 40 cents to 43 cents per square foot per month.

Compiled by business editor Christian Wihtol and business reporter Sherri Buri McDonald. Development Report runs Tuesdays. To include items, call 338-2381, or e-mail cwihtol@guardnet.com.
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