What’s Shaping the Heart of Bend
As people continue to move here, the Bend Central District is our best hope for Central Oregon to grow into a place we want to keep calling home.
A revitalized neighborhood in the heart of Bend will reduce pressure to sprawl, provide more housing options, and create new vibrant nodes of activity.
So what is shaping the Bend Central District?
First and foremost, the folks who work, live, and spend time in Midtown are already making strides toward the vision for a vibrant, healthy, and resilient mixed-use neighborhood with safe connections between east and west Bend.
The Humm Taproom now has an expanded space and longer hours. They're serving local Kombucha, Beer, and Cider 10am - 8pm.
Check out the recently renovated Humm Taproom and enjoy live music and beer tastings every second Thursday!
5:30 - 7:30pm
Humm Taproom @ 1125 NE 2nd St.
We are working with neighborhood artist Kaycee Anseth on concepts for transforming the Franklin Ave pedestrian tunnels into safe, inviting, beautiful art-ways. Unfortunately, we have not yet received permission from the City to clean or install art. With several thousand bicyclists and pedestrians using these passages to travel between Midtown and Downtown every week, we think it is very important to improve their safety and usability.
The success of the community's vision for this area in the long term will hinge on how the City of Bend plans for it now.
URBAN RENEWAL PLANNING
The City of Bend is developing an implementation strategy for the Core Area of Bend, including the Bend Central District. The Core Area Project will create a common vision and implementation plan for the Core Area by combining tools, incentives, and programs such as Urban Renewal. Learn more and find all meetings and materials here.
The project began in January, 2019 and the bulk of the planning work and resulting plans is expected to be completed by May, 2020. Adoption hearings are tentatively planned for late summer/early fall of 2020.
The Urban Renewal Advisory Board (URAB) is the citizen committee that will provide recommendations to The Bend Urban Renewal Agency (BURA) relating to the potential use of urban renewal for the central area of Bend Your voice continues to be important to the future of the BCD so please weigh in to URAB with your vision for the area and obstacles to achieving it to URAB@bendoregon.gov
Of course, the rubber hits the road when landowners and developers make choices about what they want to do with their property. Will they continue the same old pattern of development or pursue a new vision?
BROOKS RESOURCES HAS ITS EYE ON THE PRIZE
An RV dealer moved into the old Murray and Holt property on Franklin Ave on a short-term lease. Here is a message from Brooks Resources with more details about their plans for that site:
Brooks Resources purchased the 181 Franklin property in the Bend Central District with the intent to develop a mixed-use building consistent with the vision embodied in the development code. We have invested time and resources to develop preliminary architectural concepts, cost estimates and a project proforma. We see this as an ideal location to develop a true mixed-use development that can help accommodate future growth. Our strategy is to hold the property until the City’s plans for creating an Urban Renewal District are clear and that any improvements under that plan are under construction or completed. We intend to lease the property in the short term until the urban renewal process is complete. We hope to be a catalyst for this type of development in the BCD.
Read more about Brooks Resources’ vision for what makes a great place here.