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Temple Beth Israel to build new synagogue, school.

Byline: Development Report By Joe Harwood The Register-Guard

Temple Beth Israel last week won a conditional use permit from the city to build a new synagogue about one mile southeast of its present site in south Eugene.

The approximately 20,000-square-foot synagogue would be built on a vacant 1.37-acre parcel at the northwest corner of University Street and East 29th Avenue, next to Harris Elementary School. The current synagogue is at 42 W. 25th Ave.

In addition to a section for worship, the first phase of the project will include a school and an area for social activities, said Sheldon Rubin, co-chairman of the project's steering committee.

The facility, designed by Mel Solomon and Associates of Kansas City and TBG Architects & Planners of Eugene, would be built with the environment in mind and with an eye toward sustainability, he said.

"What we are planning is an environmentally friendly building and a project with the least amount of intrusiveness for the neighborhood and the ecosystem around it," Rubin said.

Rubin said the congregation hopes to start construction next spring.

A second phase, to be built later, would include a large social hall for weddings and other festive occasions, a larger kitchen and a two-story wing that would include a roof-top playground. Rubin said the congregation is considering installing a removable stage in the social hall that could be used for concerts and lectures.

The project has been more than four years in the making, he said. Costs have not yet been determined, he said.

Thurston clinic will move, too

The Thurston Medical Clinic is moving a few blocks westward.

The clinic on Monday broke ground on a new, $1.6 million facility at 147 S. 52nd Place in east Springfield, behind the Umpqua Bank branch. The clinic has been at 5781 Main St. since 1996.

Patricia Yablonski, the clinic's manager, said the general family practice has outgrown the building. "It's just too small for us," she said.

The new clinic, with about 7,700 square feet, will be about twice the size of the current facility and include an in-house laboratory.

The practice, which now has four physicians, will add two more doctors once the new clinic opens, Yablonski said. "We hope to move in on Feb. 1," she said.

Development Report runs Tuesdays. To suggest items, contact Joe Harwood at 338-2364 or jharwood@guardnet.com.
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