Greg Broderick has a vision for a narrow stretch of property along Arizona Avenue that today holds what’s left of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail spur.
Broderick, a real estate broker with Hasson Company Realtors, bought the property, a strip 48 feet wide and 735 feet long near NW Lava Road, for $80,000 from the railroad on Aug. 8. On the site, Broderick foresees four buildings, each three or four stories tall, with retail on the ground floors and high-end, one- or two-bedroom condominiums on the upper floors, according to rough plans he sketched out for city planners. Broderick is scheduled to meet today with planners to discuss the project.
“I’m glad to say we will meet the desire of the city for commercial zoning, high density,” Broderick said. “That’s the intended purpose of (CG) General Commercial; they want to see high density.”
The area is zoned light industrial, but the Bend General Plan allows general commercial development there, said Craig Chenoweth, development services coordinator for the Bend Community Development Department. The developer must request a zone change through a public hearing process, he wrote in an email.
A city hearings officer in 2010, for example, granted Eugene-based Market of Choice its request to rezone to general commercial a light-industrial property directly across Arizona Avenue from Broderick’s tract. The grocery chain has yet to build there. Broderick sees his plan as complementary to Market of Choice and existing uses in the neighborhood.
“We’re in a position to set the tone on the east side of Arizona,” he said. “It’s something that myself and the city can be proud of when it’s done.”
Broderick said the ground floor of each building could accommodate coffee shops, pubs, restaurants or similar uses. Above, each floor would hold two residential units of 700 to 1,000 square feet each. He described lofts in a style common in Seattle or San Francisco, at similar prices.
“And definitely because of the caliber of construction, the quality of construction, the price has to be higher on those,” he said Monday.
His preliminary plans show two 30-foot-wide driveways off Arizona Avenue into two parking lots, each with space for 13 vehicles. Chenoweth said the city prefers one access point at each site, but circumstances sometimes dictate more than one. The city looks closely at access points on streets that carry large amounts of traffic.
If Broderick’s plans for commercial and residential development prove impractical, he said, he might build storage units on the site instead.
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