DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. – Two brothers are hoping to build a massive facility along Interstate 5 that would be dedicated to equestrian competitions and fans.
The facility, which would be located on a property off the Metz Hill exit on I-5, will be a top-of-the-line venue, according to brothers Drew and Quinn Millegan.
The Douglas County planning commission gave the Millegans preliminary approval for the project last Thursday.
“By providing a multi-disciplinary site, we’re filling a hole in the industry,” said Drew. “The reason people haven’t done this before is because it’s really difficult to find a place that works.”
Drew said it will be complete with grass and sand areas, an equestrian cross-country course and polo fields.
They also said it will be a complete resort and spa, as they expect to attract people from all over the world.
“There’s a lot of demand for events,” said Drew. “Equestrians will frequently drive six, seven, 12 hours to go to a decent venue on the west coast.”
Quinn said they’re also hopeful this project will bring more people to Douglas County. He said they know these travelers will also choose to explore the county and its surrounding areas.
“They’ll go to wineries, they’ll go to restaurants, they’ll go to local attractions,” he said. “So it’s a massive auxiliary to ourselves.”
Drew also said the facility will bring at least 500 new jobs to the area.
Rachel Galambous, a competitor for KB Sporthorses in Tenmile, said she’s very excited about the project. She said she’s constantly traveling for competitions and it would be nice to have a facility so close.
“We have Southern California and T-bird in BC,” she said. “It’s going to be a real facility which we really don’t have anywhere near us,” she said.
However, not everyone is on board with the project.
Before the planning commission gave the brothers preliminary approval on Thursday, many Douglas County residents spoke during public comment, sharing concerns about how the project will impact jobs and quality of life in the county.
However, Drew said he believes the project will benefit the community in the long run.
“There’s going to be a lot of positive changes I think,” he said. “People are going to see a big uptick in business.”
They expect to start construction by 2022 and open the facility by 2024 or 2025.
It’s being funded by private investors, and the brothers said they expect to invest $120 million over the next five years.