A third apartment building is proposed for Bend’s west side, this time with a focus on the Oregon State University-Cascades campus.
Paradigm Properties of Eugene hopes to build a five-story, 64-unit apartment building at 1609 SW Chandler Ave., across the street from OSU-Cascades.
“We feel there’s an opportunity to build a nice building with nice amenities and construction and not have rents that are Portland-type rents, that’s for sure,” said Paradigm partner Chris Looney.
Rents in the Chandler Avenue building would be “mid-market,” Looney said. He said it’s difficult to be more specific. “It’s kind of hard to say because there’s such a lack of dense apartment housing on the west side.”
The last rental-housing development permitted west of the Deschutes River was Range Apartments, 132 units in NorthWest Crossing where rents start at $1,275 per month for one bedroom.
Since, deChase Miksis, also of Eugene, has proposed more than 200 units as part of a mixed-use development on the former Ray’s Food Place site on SW Century Drive. Evergreen Housing Development Group of Seattle is planning 181 units on Colorado Avenue near the Bend Park & Recreation District’s Pavilion.
Paradigm is seeking approval of a site plan and rezoning of its property from limited commercial to mixed-use urban in order to match the city of Bend’s comprehensive plan.
The urban zoning designation would allow a wide variety of commercial uses and taller buildings, but Looney said the Chandler Avenue location doesn’t work for a mix of uses. “We would’ve had to go to a six-story building,” he said. “Then, there was the parking situation.”
Some OSU-Cascades students have been parking on Chandler Avenue rather than in a designated commuter lot at Simpson Avenue and Columbia Street. Any new retail business on Chandler Avenue would have to compete with the college for parking, so Looney said Paradigm decided to stick with apartments only.
Paradigm would provide 66 parking spaces on its property, which is accessed from the cul-de-sac on Nancy Way. With studio and two-bedroom apartments, the building will have more than 64 tenants, but Looney said the 66 spaces should be adequate for the number who are likely to own cars.
He expects that the building will attract OSU-Cascades students and that some of them will opt to live without cars. Paradigm will make the building bike-friendly by providing free storage, a repair and maintenance station and wide doors, he said.
Paradigm’s Chandler Avenue site is in the Century West Neighborhood Association. Representatives of the association couldn’t be reached Tuesday. Looney said a required neighborhood meeting hosted by Paradigm was attended mostly by surrounding business owners. “The overall sentiment was this is great to see new development, to see multifamily housing in this location,” he said. “When we explained our plans for parking and things like that, overall it was really positive.”
This would not be Paradigm’s first Bend development. The company built Bellevue Crossing, a 153-unit complex on the east side.
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