Developers of Bend's NorthWest Crossing are planning an expansion that would bring 60 new single-family home lots onto the market near Skyliners Road and Northwest 17th Street.
Separately, one of the neighborhood's builders also plans to build 24 condominiums.
West Bend Property Co., which is developing NorthWest Crossing, wants to get 17 acres of bare land the company owns near Skyliners and 17th Street ready for future homebuilding.
The company is in discussions with Bend's Community Development Department, but hopes to get started on roadwork for the new section next month, said David Ford, West Bend Property's general manager.
The developers have been eyeing the site for homes as far back as 2008. But that plan hit a snag: The hilly area wouldn't accommodate their street plan, which included creating two new intersections with Skyliners Road.
“We realized some of the street layouts in the tentative plan were not” feasible for the area, Ford said.
The new plan has only one connection to Skyliners. According to documents filed with the city last week, the revised strategy would extend four streets:
• Northwest Hartford Avenue, which would connect to Northwest Drouillard Avenue;
• Northwest Drouillard would connect to Northwest 18th Street;
• Northwest 18th would connect to Northwest Hartford, and
• Northwest Flagline Drive would be extended a short distance on the north side of Skyliners and connect to Hartford Avenue.
The home lots would be located around the extended streets. Ford said the new design would be more feasible than the previous proposal, and would lead to homebuilding on the new properties as demand dictates.
“We're moving forward with the engineering approvals” for the new plan, Ford said.
Greg Welch, one of NorthWest Crossing's select builders, is getting ready to construct 11 buildings that will contain 24 condominiums on about 1.3 acres he owns just north of High Lakes Elementary School.
The condos will be built in four phases and come onto the market for sale, Welch said. All 24 units could be on the market by mid- to late 2014, he said.
“We hope to break ground this spring,” Welch said.