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Housing high-rise details emerge

November 25, 2017 GMT

The planned 12-story student apartment complex on Franklin Boulevard will feature more apartments than the towering Hub on Campus building on nearby East Broadway, while rising to about the same height.

Documents for the apartment project at the former Louie’s Village Chinese restaurant site one-third of a mile east of the Hub mention 226 apartments with a total of 417 bedrooms, according to a recently issued building permit by the city of Eugene for on-site utility work. The apartment and bedroom figures haven’t been previously revealed in public documents or by the proposed developer.


Houston-based The Dinerstein Cos. bought the restaurant property near the Eugene Millrace in April from Van and Shu Ping Louie, for $2.2 million.

They demolished the restaurant over the summer to make way for the apartment project, which would cater to University of Oregon students.

The documents alternately call the project “Sterling Oregon” and “959 Franklin” in filings with the city of Eugene. It’s unclear when contractors will break ground on the building, though the permit issued last week gives crews the go-ahead to install underground utilities and do other work on the 0.85-acre property.

A message left with the firm wasn’t returned.

A rendering of the project filed with the city this month shows a parking garage occupying the first four floors of the building, with eight stories of apartments rising above.

While the Dinerstein building would have more apartment units than the Hub’s 183, it would feature nearly 100 fewer beds, suggesting fewer three- and four-bedroom units than are in the Hub.

Still, with 417 beds, the Dinerstein project would be one of the largest Eugene apartment complexes marketed to UO students over a decade-long student housing boom.

The largest by far was the Capstone student housing project on Olive Street between 12th and 13th avenues, with about 1,300 bedrooms in 375 apartment units.

But the Dinerstein building will be among the tallest in the city. Ya-Po-Ah Terrace is Eugene’s tallest building, at 18 stories. The Willamette Towers and Olive Plaza apartments are each 13 stories. The Hub, Hilton Eugene and Patterson Towers are all 12 stories.

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