▶️ Developers Revise Bend Apartment Project

By Anyssa Bohanan
Central Oregon Daily

Months after an application was approved to build a four story apartment building overlooking McKay Park in Bend, the Evergreen Housing Development Group announced on Wednesday that several modifications have been made to their initial plan to satisfy businesses in the area.

The Evergreen Housing Development Group initially proposed their four story, 170 unit apartment building to the City of Bend earlier this year.

Despite public outcry, the project was officially approved at the end of March.

However, shortly after, two local businesses appealed the decision to the Land use board of appeals and Evergreen Housing began negotiating some changes.

We talked with William Smith Enterprises and Shevlin Dental about what they were hoping to see out of the project related to their Land Use Appeals, and we decided in order to move the project forward instead of going through multiple years of land use appeals that we would try to come to a mutual agreement that would satisfy everybody involved,” said Andrew Brand, Executive Director of Real Estate Development:

Those changes included reducing the number of apartment units from 170 to 141 and removing the top floor of the building to keep the height under the maximum of 45 feet, allowed by Bend’s Development Code.

“I think people are very passionate about this site and about this location,” Brand said. “I think a lot of people have differing opinions about growth in Bend in general.”

Some on hand at today’s hearing said they were happy the project is moving forward.

“It’s nice to see that a compromise has been reached between the appellants and the developer and we’ll get some more housing in Bend,” said Byron Buck. “I’m sorry to see the actual number reduced because this is a great site for apartments, but in the end of the day it’s going to move forward there will be 140 new apartments for needy people to rent.”

But others aren’t sure it will fix the housing issue in Bend.

“My concern is what kind of community that we’re buliding that we have all of these studios? They’re gonna charge a small fortune so these units are not affordable projects,” said Mike Walker. “This is not solving Bend’s housing needs! This is just one more expensive place for people who move in here, get the best jobs. Can you average barista live there? No.”

Evergreen says they’re hoping to break ground in the Spring or Summer of 2020 with move in dates of either late 2021 or Spring of 2022.


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Today in Salem the House Committee on Human Services and Housing held its first hearing on HB-2001. The bill would allow for what is called “middle housing” on land currently zoned for single family homes. Middle housing is those housing types that fall between single family housing and large scale apartment complexes.
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has more on the bill and what communities it could affect.

Proposed Apartments Spark Controversy

A Seattle-based developer has proposed a five story apartment complex overlooking the whitewater park in Bend. Proponents of the project say the 170 unit complex can help ease Bend’s housing shortage, but neighbors are concerned that the project doesn’t account for an increase in traffic and parking needs.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on the story, and Central Oregon Daily will be reporting more on the story as it unfolds at a public meeting tomorrow at City Hall at 11 a.m.

Supper Club: Housing Challenges Remain for Renters

Hundreds of new apartments have opened up in Bend in the last few months, and hundreds more are on the way. For renters, it’s still a tight market to try to find a place to live. For this week’s Supper Club, Donna sat down with Bend city councilor Nathan Boddie, Bend city staffer on affordable housing Jim Long, and Hasson property manager Melody Luelling, to talk about what’s being done to address the problem.

A special thanks to our Supper Club sponsor, Selco Community Credit Union, for giving us the time and resources to talk about the issues that impact our region every Tuesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

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Recently, the Deschutes County Commissioners talked to Donna Britt about two hot local topics. For this week’s Supper Club, Tammy Baney, Tony DeBone and Phil Henderson tackled the Central Oregon housing crisis, the rising homelessness population and issues.

Supper Club is sponsored by Selco Community Credit Union and Pine Tavern Restaurant.

Supper Club: Urban Growth Boundary, Jobs and Housing Issues

AUG 30, 2016

Three guests, good food, and a glass of wine. That’s the recipe for a good conversation in our weekly Supper Club series. This week, join Pamela Hulse Andrews, Greg Fischer, and Kyle Frick as they discuss the latest housing boom now happening in Madras and Prineville, why some local businesses are having trouble filling job vacancies, and the needs of the many versus the needs of the few when it comes to the City of Bend’s latest Urban Growth Boundary proposal.