A multistory, 315-unit residential and retail development is being proposed next to the Box Factory in Bend.

The project would be five to six stories tall and include a mix of townhomes and apartments, as well as grass courtyards and a major change to NW Lava Road to prioritize the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians, according to documents submitted to the city of Bend by the developer. There would also be about 12,000 square feet worth of retail included in the development.

The 4.7-acre site would be bordered by Industrial Way and NW Lava Road, which is currently home to a large parking lot, a food cart pod and the coffee shop Spoken Moto.

The development is proposed by Killian Pacific — the same developers who built and own the Box Factory. The company also plans to add eco-friendly design elements, like wood siding that sequesters carbon and pollinator-friendly landscaping, according to a presentation from the developers.

In a virtual meeting with the Southern Crossing and Old Bend neighborhood associations, some neighbors expressed excitement for the general idea of the development, but some raised concerns about traffic congestion and parking.

Richard Ross, of the Old Bend Neighborhood Association, said while he was pleased with the housing the development would provide, he wanted to know more about the cumulative traffic impacts that would come from this development and another development in the works at the 21-acre Korpine site next door.

“Old Bend is already stressed out from growing, unmanaged, cut-through traffic through our streets,” Ross said in the meeting.

While there will definitely be an increase in traffic in the area from the project, one element of the project is designed to address some of that concern.

If approved, NW Lava Road — which is the road that separates the Box Factory from the adjacent parking lot and connects to Industrial Way — would become something called a “woonerf,” which in Dutch loosely translates to “living street.”

“It’s a street that values the quality of life over the speed of cars,” said Kurt Schultz, a principal architect with Sera Architects.

This kind of street, which is popular in Europe, is designed in a way to allow cars and people to share the roadway together, but encourages cars to move slower than they would on a regular road, Schultz said.

Developers also plan to incorporate roughly 470 parking spots on the property by creating a two-level parking structure, as well as some surface parking spots to replace the parking lot that currently exists, Schultz said. Developers also hope to create bike storage that would accommodate one bike per residential unit.

Other aspects of the project, like whether any of the units will be affordable, remain to be seen, though it is the company’s intent to include at least some in the project, according to Michi Slick, Killian Pacific’s director of development. The intent is also to gear some of the townhomes toward providing child care services, Slick said.

She also said the company will ensure the townhomes in the project will not become vacation rentals by banning that use in the lease they would offer tenants.

Currently, the developers are in a pre-application stage with the city. The goal is to submit official land use applications by March, according to Schultz.

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Brenna Visser has been a government reporter in Bend since 2019. When not busy reporting, you can find her hiking with her dog or systematically trying all of Bend's breweries.

(3) comments

Gsky

A tale of two cities. If this development were proposed anywhere on the near east side of Bend, there should be abosolutely zero doubt that affordable housing and probably even facilities for the indigent would be mandated by city employees and/or city council. But, since it's on the West Side, we see that: "whether any of the units will be affordable, remain to be seen, though it is the company’s intent to include at least some in the project". So, while the close-in east side continues to be involuntarily served every type of facility for the houseless and indigent imaginable, on the West Side it's permissible for these things to be just an "intention". 315 brand new housing units in Bend with zero affordable units in the initial plan? Only on the West Side. A tale of two cities.

Transitory Inflation

Seems like the right developers at the right location. Another win for Bend.

373749

This sounds like a great development. Density and pedestrian friendly transportation improvements. 300+ units like this can enhance life in Bend whereas if these units were built on the outskirts of town they'd produce more strain on our transportation system without providing any real improvements / benefit. Killian Pacific did a great job with the box factory and I'm excited to see what they do here. I do hope spoken moto finds an appropriate home. The Bend Central District would be an awesome fit given their vibe and their reputation would be a huge draw to the area.

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