EUGENE -- The Oregon Research Institute in Eugene has settled into a new headquarters after a decade-long quest.

The Register-Guard reports the non-profit behavioral research firm and its roughly 200 employees have moved into a $17 million, four-story building at Riverfront Research Park.

The institute looked into several properties before choosing the Riverfront Research Park five years ago. But the firm and its developer became embroiled in a land use dispute with University of Oregon faculty, students and activists over the proposed development site.

The developer agreed in 2011 to use the present site between two existing buildings farther from the Willamette River. The office was constructed in the past year.

The institute, founded in Eugene 53 years ago, conducts behavioral studies funded mainly by the federal National Institutes of Health.

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