Former Bend Trap Club site to be developed

Gary Miller company plans subdivision around school, park

By Joseph Ditzler / The Bulletin / @josefditzler


Published Dec 24, 2013 at 12:01AM / Updated Dec 24, 2013 at 06:21AM

From 1932 to 2005, Central Oregon marksmen honed their skills on the Bend Trap Club property off of Brosterhous Road.

But with land values skyrocketing, the Trap Club’s owners moved east of town, selling their 40-acre property to a development firm planning to build homes there.

In the eight years since, the property has been at the center of a lawsuit over lead contamination, a foreclosure and a plan for an Alzheimer’s care center that never got off the ground.

Now its future as a major residential development seems secure.

Developers of an 88-acre tract in Bend submitted a plan Wednesday for a housing and commercial project with the new Bend-La Pine elementary school at its center. The plan includes the Bend Trap Club site and about 50 acres of land immediately north.

The plan envisions homes for 600 families, in multifamily units on the north side of the property and single-family homes on the south, said Darrin Kelleher, a real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Morris Real Estate.

“Right down the middle there’s a park, school and a commercial zone that splits these two neighborhoods,” Kelleher said. “So it will be a fun build.”

Amy Barry, a Bend city senior planner, said review of the Stone Creek plan should be underway in January. The plan proposes an overlay zone with its own development standards, similar to those at Northwest Crossing, so it must be approved by Bend City Council, said city Planning Manager Colin Stephens.

The property is bounded to the south by Brosterhous Road, which the plan would also improve. To the west, the property is bounded by the Sun Ranch development, to the east by an industrial area along American Lane and to the north by the Central Oregon Irrigation District canal.

The plan also calls for extending Brentwood Avenue through the center of the development from west to east, along which Kelleher envisioned a commercial area of dry cleaners, coffee shops and other small businesses. Access to the development would be from the south and west, he said.

At the project’s center are 12.5 acres on which Bend-La Pine Schools plans to build an elementary school to accommodate 600 students. The school district paid $2.5 million for the property.

“Our big pressure is to deliver the school site,” Kelleher said. Lands Bend, a development company created by U.S. Rep. Gary Miller, R-Calif., and partners, is obligated to prepare the site for construction and provide utilities and paved streets before construction starts in summer 2014, Kelleher said. The district plans to open the school in 2015.

Next to the school site are 5.5 acres of open space, a rocky area that the developers intend to turn into a park operated by the Bend Park & Recreation District.

The plans call for a variety of home types, mostly single-family and low-density multifamily. “Single-family homes on small lots will make up the majority of the Stone Creek neighborhood,” according to the master plan. The property is not yet divided into distinct lots. A five-phase project schedule envisions home construction starting in spring 2015, according to the master plan.

Kelleher represents Lands Bend Corp., whose principals are Miller, his wife, Cathleen, and Harry and Rosalynn Crowell, also of California. The Crowells, like the Millers, have long histories as homebuilders in California. Kelleher last year founded Franklin Brothers, a building firm, that partnered with Lands Bend on the master plan.

— Reporter: 541-617-7815; jditzler@bendbulletin.com

Elon Glucklich contributed to this report.