Proposed Apartment Building Draws Ire | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon

Proposed Apartment Building Draws Ire

Residents in the River West neighborhood are worried about parking and congestion

A proposed housing project near the Bend Park & Recreation Pavilion has neighbors in Bend's River West neighborhood concerned about parking and congestion—especially in the summer when the Les Schwab Amphitheater concerts pack the area with extra cars.

This Thursday, March 1, representatives of the Seattle-based Evergreen Housing Development Group are hosting a meeting for public input on the proposed 170 to 180-unit building that would house apartments, managerial office space and resident amenities, like a gym. The proposed location is the intersection of SW Shevlin Hixon Dr. and SW Bradbury Way. It would border Colorado Ave. and the Pavilion.

Linda May and Tracy Wright, both homeowners in River West, oppose the apartment building on the grounds of added cars on the roads and public safety. In a phone call with the Source, both said they believe the added residents would put more than 300 cars on the road, but the development company is only planning for 155 parking spaces. They both said while they understand Bend is growing—and people need places to live—cramming a few hundred people—in addition to the proposed apartment building at the old Ray’s Food Place—is too many, too soon. They would like to see a multi-use building, with shops, restaurants and some multi-family living spaces.
Evergreen is the same company that’s running the Outlook at Pilot Butte project on the eastside.

The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 to 6:30 pm in the Pavilion’s Party Room at 1001 SW Bradbury Way.

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