Owner: Reed Market LLC
General Contractor: Edge Development
Architect: 541 Architecture Inc.
Details: A 48-unit apartment complex is under construction directly southwest of the intersection of Reed Market Road and SE Fourth Street. The development will include five apartment buildings, three of which will be 12 units and two of which will be six units, according to a site plan submitted to the city of Bend.
The 1.99-acre property is bordered by Reed Market Road to the north, the Stone Creek Apartments to the west and the Central Oregon Canal on the south and east sides.
Joe Bessman, a consultant involved with the project, said that four prior developers have attempted to develop the site but have been unsuccessful. An earlier proposal included a bridge connecting the property to SE Alstrup Road on the opposite side of the the canal, but it was later determined that the connection didn’t make sense.
“Having that bridge shown on the old plan puts a huge cost burden on a property to develop,” said Bessman.
The site plan shows that the property is zoned residential medium density, where the height limit for buildings is capped at 30 feet. A variance was filed and approved by the city of Bend to exceed the 30-foot height limit by a maximum of 8.25 feet, allowing the apartment buildings to be three stories high.
The city received comments from the public both in support and against the project. Some supporters were in favor of building upward and the accessibility that a bridge connecting Alstrup would provide to nearby amenities. Opponents expressed concerns about the loss of mountain views, congestion and inadequate parking.
It is not yet clear when construction will be complete or when the apartments will be move-in ready.