EUGENE, OR-Local developer Ed Aster wants to replace the vacant former Woolworth Store at 930 Willamette St. with a four-story telecommunications facility, according to plans filed with the city last week.

Information submitted to the city says the 64,000-sf building will be leased to a number of different companies who will use it to house communications switching equipment and ground-floor office space. Aster has obtained a city permit to demolish the former Woolworth building, which is located near a Qwest switching facility at 10th Avenue and Oak Street.

Meanwhile, Aster’s Westec North business park is taking on its second telecommunications tenant in Iowa-based McLeod USA. The switching facility will occupy an 18,000-square-foot building at Westec North, near the Hyundai computer chip factory in west Eugene and adjacent AT&T’s switching facility, which is also located in an 18,000-sf Westec building.

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