By Joseph Ditzler

The Bulletin

The developers planning a Marriott hotel on SW Industrial Way have asked Bend officials to remove the historic designation on the property, once the site of the Brooks-Scanlon crane shed.

Montana-based Braxton Development, through a subsidiary, in February won approval from the city Planning Commission of its master plan and request to build above the three-story height limit. The subsidiary, BD Bend Development Group LLC, has yet to submit a specific site plan for city review.

“The other application that’s been submitted but not reviewed yet is for the Landmarks Commission to remove the site” from the city historic register, said Bend Senior Planner Aaron Henson.

The previous owners tore down the crane shed in 2004, but the historic designation remains. Consequently, city code governing historic preservation still applies to the site, according to a petition filed with the commission by the developer’s attorney, Myles Conway, of Bend. Unless the city lifts that designation, Braxton is unable to build according to its approved plan, he wrote.

Conway wrote that the site first appeared on the list in 1998, but “records provide no evidence of a City Council vote to include the crane shed on the historic inventory,” the petition states. In an email to Henson, Conway wrote that Braxton is open to erecting a plaque or monument that indicates the site’s lumber mill history.

“The site has been cleared and has remained vacant for over 10 years,” the petition states. “As a result, the site no longer possesses any of the character-defining features or architectural significance for which the property was originally designated.”

Braxton expects construction of Springhill Suites to start in spring 2016, according to the company website. The 105-room, 75,000-square-foot, four-story hotel and conference center “will be within walking distance of several restaurants in the area,” according to the website. It will also include “spectacular views of the Deschutes River, modern lounge and patio area, pool and spa area and large fitness center, among other amenities.”

Plans also call for a second, 57,000-square-foot building for office and other commercial space on the 4.3-acre site. A Braxton representative was not available Thursday for comment.

Notices of an April 21 hearing by the Landmarks Commission went out to neighboring landowners this month, Henson said. If the commission recommends de-listing the site, the measure then goes to the Bend City Council. Commission Chairwoman Heidi Slaybaugh was unavailable Thursday for comment.

The crane shed, named for the 70-foot-tall traveling crane used to stack 30 million board feet of lumber, stood from the late 1930s until 2004, when the then-owner demolished it without a building permit. The city sued and won a $100,000 judgment against the company, which sold the property to developer Stephen Trono for $5 million in 2005.

PremierWest Bank, since merged with AmericanWest Bank, foreclosed on the property just north of the Old Mill District in 2011. The current owner, Cal Cannon, bought it through a company called Crane Shed LLC for $1.4 million, according to Deschutes County records.

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

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