Kathleen McLaughlin
The Bulletin

High-volume builder Hayden Homes has its eye on a prominent property near the corner of Reed Market Road and 15th Street in southeast Bend.

Representatives from the company met Thursday with city planners to discuss development options for about 12½ acres that was the Luderman ranch. Hayden representatives would not discuss the project, but spokeswoman Katy Wooderson said in an email, “We think Luderman Landing is a great location that can provide some much needed single-family housing. At this point, we do not have more specific information on any prospective development.”

The land is zoned for residential use and could hold as many as 92 units of single-family or multifamily housing, said Karen Swenson, senior planner with the Community Development Department.

At a recent pre-application meeting with city planners, Hayden discussed two development concepts: one with 83 single-family lots, the other with 51 single-family lots and 41 units in a multifamily building or buildings, according to city documents.

Hayden isn’t the first developer to look at the Luderman property, but the company’s plan is more straightforward than the last concept presented by a potential buyer, Swenson said.

The Luderman property was listed on Loopnet for $4.5 million. The listing notes that the land was one of the last large development opportunities inside the Bend city limits, prior to the urban-growth boundary expansion, and it’s near the Larkspur Community Center, home of the Bend Senior Center and a future pool and fitness center expansion. Ginny Kansas-Meszaros, a real estate broker representing the owners, Luderman Family LLC and Howard and Patricia Luderman Trust, did not respond to messages from The Bulletin.

While Luderman Landing wouldn’t be the largest subdivision Hayden has started during Bend’s real estate recovery, it is significant for southeast Bend because of its proximity to the roundabout at Reed Market and 15th and commercial property at that corner. “The traffic feasibility study for ingress and egress is going to be very much scrutinized,” said James Dorofi, chairman of the Old Farm District Neighborhood Association.

When freight trains cross Reed Market on tracks just west of the Luderman property, traffic backs up all the way to Pettigrew Road, Dorofi said. So the first question area residents will have is how residents of a new neighborhood would access Reed Market, he said. The city would limit the entrance and exit on Reed Market to right-hand turns, Swenson said.

Many southeast Bend residents are upset about the size and density of recent apartment-building projects, such as the 228-unit Seasons at Farmington Reserve off Brosterhous Road, Dorofi said, but they wouldn’t necessarily oppose multifamily buildings on the Luderman property. “That would make more sense on Reed Market Road,” he said. “That’s where real density could work.”

Hayden, which mainly builds single-family housing, would have to file a master plan that includes open space in the form of parks, pavilions or bike and pedestrian paths, if the company were to pursue the multifamily building concept, Swenson said.

Hayden has planned five new subdivisions in Bend since 2010, Wooderson said. Several of Hayden’s projects are on the east side of Bend, including Leehaven off Neff Road, Butler Crossing at 1500 Butler Market Road and Pettigrew Place, northeast of Reed Market Road.

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