Friday, July 29, 2011

Blair Boulevard Small Business Neighborhood Renovation Program

The City of Eugene’s Community Development Division is looking for architecture and interior design professionals interested in volunteering about a dozen hours for a community design challenge. Wells Fargo Bank is providing nearly $10,000 in grants to fund small interior or exterior renovation projects for small businesses in the dynamic, artistic Whiteaker neighborhood in Eugene. This short project is aimed at building momentum, excitement, and vitality for entrepreneurs on and around Blair Boulevard.

The Opportunity
  • Volunteer designers will partner with University of Oregon architecture students
  • After touring the participating businesses, volunteers will provide advice and develop renovation proposals during a short workshop in late August
  • The selected businesses will receive grant money and volunteer labor from Wells Fargo employees to implement the designs
  • The businesses are expected to complete their renovations by the end of October
Once the renovations are complete, a group from the community will tour and review the businesses and award an additional $500 bonus grant from Wells Fargo to the most successful implemented design.

For more information about the project and how to enlist, contact William Ellis at or call the City of Eugene Community Development Division at 541-682-5444.
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