Retail project rising on Robal

Shopping center includes Cracker Barrel and Chic-fil-A

Owner: Robal Road LLC

Developer: First Western Development Services, Inc., Edmonds, Washington

General Contractor: R&H Construction, Bend

Architect: Baysinger Partners Architecture, Portland

Engineer: Hickman, Williams and Associates Inc., Bend

Details: The 6.42-acre site northeast of U.S. Highway 97 and Robal Road is the future home of a seven-building shopping center dubbed Robal Road Village, which will be anchored by a Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, according to documents filed with the city of Bend Community Development Department.

A second restaurant is slated to house Chick-fil-A, city documents show. Tenants of the remaining five buildings are yet to be announced. One is designated for a drive-through restaurant.

General contractor R&H Construction hopes to begin vertical construction work in the first half of April, senior project manager Brendon Warren said. R&H is the designated contractor for five of the seven buildings. R&H’s work, which does not include tenant improvements, is budgeted at $9.5 million, Warren said.

With developer First Western Development Services hoping to have stores open in November or December, and labor so scarce, R&H will be soliciting bids on each of the five buildings as a separate project, Warren said. That way contractors who might have the capacity to finish one building will have a chance to bid. “We want to make sure we have enough manpower,” he said.

Work will begin simultaneously on four retail buildings, which are at least partially under lease, Warren said. R&H will start on the fifth building when it’s under lease. The other retail buildings could be overseen by a separate design and construction team, Warren said.

The retail buildings will hold 14 storefronts, which will be arranged along a pedestrian corridor, plans on file with the city show.

The shopping center will have 280 parking spaces, and according to a traffic analysis submitted by the developer, it will produce 205 new vehicle trips during the peak evening hour.

The Oregon Department of Transportation has yet to sign off on the developer’s plan for managing traffic flow, Warren said. The entrance to the shopping center is on Robal Road. Drivers may exit at Robal Road and proceed east to Nels Anderson Road, or exit at Chavre Way to continue north on Highway 97 toward Redmond.

Preparing the ground for construction has been an unusual task. The property served as a dumping ground for fill dirt, boulders and other items, Warren said. “We found an entire engine block the other day,” he said.

The filler material was inappropriate for construction, so crews dug each building site down to the native soil, sent the boulders through a rock crusher, and backfilled each site with clean dirt and gravel, Warren said. Jack Robinson and Sons of Bend was the excavation contractor. “That’s what’s been going on the last few months,” Warren said.

—Reporter: 541-617-7860, kmclaughlin@bendbulletin.com

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