We're excited to announce that today we will release a request for proposal seeking a premier multidisciplinary team to design the riverwalk to Willamette Falls. A collaborative, innovative and dynamic team will take the vision for the Willamette Falls riverwalk and make it a reality. This team will craft a world-class design that connects people back to the falls and creates a destination to inspire Oregonians and visitors from afar. Top design teams responding to the request for proposals will be invited to interview in March, and the winning team will be chosen from this group of finalists.
After the selected team completes the design and a phasing plan, the project partners intend to contract with the same team to complete full design, engineering and construction drawings for the first phase of the riverwalk. Approximately $10 million has already been secured for the construction of this initial phase.
To recap where we’ve been the past few months:
- The mill site was purchased by George Heidgerken of Falls Legacy, LLC. He supports the Framework Plan and Vision Strategy created through the 2013-14 public process.
- The project met the requirements set forth by the Governor’s Office to receive $5 million in state funding to go towards design (10%) and construction (90%) of the first phase of the riverwalk. Requirements included an easement on Falls Legacy, LLC property to develop the riverwalk, an option for an easement along the PGE dam, and the MOU that project partners signed in fall 2014.
- The land-use zoning change for the site was approved by Oregon City Planning and City Commissions. The former mill site’s industrial zoning has been changed to a multimodal mixed-use zone – the Willamette Falls Downtown District.
- Champions of the project have come together to form the Willamette Falls Legacy Project Friends Group. The group is currently developing a new name and mission statement and identifying work that it will take on.
We can’t wait to see you during this next phase beginning in late spring and engage with us again as we design the riverwalk. Get ready to rediscover the falls.