OSU-Cascades proposes location

Site is located near intersection of Southwest Century and Chandler

Published Sep 13, 2013 at 11:11AM

Oregon State University-Cascades Campus has identified two adjacent sites it will bring to the state Board of Higher Education as the proposed location of the university's new campus.

The properties total 56 acres and are located near the intersection of Southwest Century and Chandler avenues on Bend's west side. One of the sites is 10 acres of wooded land that borders the roundabout where Chandler and Southwest Century intersect. The other 46-acre site is just to the north and contains a fully excavated pumice mine.

The university plans to spend nearly half of its $24 million funding — $16 million in general fund-backed bonds, an anticipated $4 million in philanthropic support and $4 million in campus supported bonds — on the purchase of the land. The remaining money will be used for site planning and construction.

The university also considered the city of Bend's Juniper Ridge property north of downtown, but selected the proposed site due to its proximity to student-friendly amenities and the additional infrastructure investment Juniper Ridge would require.

University officials anticipate welcoming freshmen and sophomores for the first time in fall 2015 and anticipate enrollment rising to between 3,000 and 5,000 by 2025.

More to come on this story as it develops.

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