• Deschutes County road construction update: Week of May 22-28

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    Here’s a quick road construction update for May 22-28.

    BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Here is Deschutes County’s road construction update for the week of May 22-28.

    2022 Guardrail Improvements (Sunriver Area) – Guardrail replacement work will be occurring on Cottonwood Road and Solar Drive. Work will include removal of existing guardrail and installation of new guardrail in the vicinity of the BNSF Railroad overcrossing on Cottonwood Road and the Solar Drive Bridge. Road users should anticipate single lane closures facilitated by flaggers and delays of up to 20 minutes during work hours.  Work hours are 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays).

    Chip Seal (Bend Area) – Deschutes County crews will be chip sealing the following roads (weather permitting):

    Dodds Road…
  • Bend’s Desert Sky Montessori receives $5,000 OnPoint Credit Union Community Builder Award

    Desert Sky Montessori has received On Point Community Credit Union’s Community Builder Award. Learn more here.

    PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) — As the 13th annual OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education campaign continues, OnPoint Community Credit Union announced Tuesday the five schools. including Bend’s Desert Sky Montessori, that have won this year’s Community Builder awards. The winning schools will receive up to $5,000 for a special project that positively impacts their school and community.

    OnPoint also announced today the six finalists for the Educator of the Year awards. Three winning teachers (one representing grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12) will have their mortgage or rent paid for one full year and receive $2,500 for each of their schools. The three runners up (one…

  • Bend counseling group founders named SBA Oregon Small Business Person of the Year

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    Brightways Counseling Group of Bend was named SBA’s 2022 Small Business Person of the Year. Find out more here.

    PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) — – The U.S. Small Business Administration 2022 Small Business Person of the Year is Brightways Counseling Group of Bend, founded by husband and wife team Kevin and Angie Shaw.

    Founded in 2017, Brightways Counseling Group counselors provide whole person care for people suffering from a variety of different mental health issues in Central Oregon. What started with one clinic and eight employees has grown to four locations in Bend, Madras, Redmond, and Woodburn, Oregon with 65 employees who in 2021, helped 2,634 patients be the best version of themselves.

    The SBA Small Business Person of the…

  • Southeast area of Bend could see much more growth

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    Bend will continue to expand its UGB by more than 600 acres with the Stevens Rd Tract. Discover more here.

    The state has approved plans for Bend to expand its urban growth boundary by more than 600 acres with the Stevens Road Tract, including about 260 acres on the eastern side of the property that advanced at the state level Tuesday.

    SEE THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE AND VIDEO HERE

  • Deschutes County selling SW Bend parcel to Kôr Land Trust/Housing Works for affordable housing

    Posted on in category Localtaggedbend , Building , Expansion , Growth , Housing , Infrastructure

    Seven acres along Simpson Avenue will become a 110-home affordable housing project. Learn more here.

    BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Deschutes County commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to sell about seven acres along Simpson Avenue, near the OSU-Cascades campus, for $1.3 million to a partnership of Kôr Community Land Trust and Housing Works for a 110-home affordable housing project.

    The county issued a request and received several proposals for the county-owned land in the 19700 block of Simpson Avenue, north of the OSU-Cascades expansion area. It requested plans for a mix of affordable housing, defined as for those earning 60% of the area’s median income for renters and 80% of AMI for home buyers.

    The results of the request for proposals…

  • City of Bend gets moving on projects to update, upgrade Awbrey Butte-area water system

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    Awbrey Butte will be seeing improvements to its water distribution system. Learn more about the project here.

    By Bola Gbadebo of KTVZ

    BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Several improvements for northwest Bend’s water distribution system are on the way with the Awbrey Butte Waterline Improvement Project over the next few years, to replace and extend aging or too-small water pipelines serving the area.

    “It identifies some of the big items we need to address soon,” Senior Project Engineer Jake Sherman said Monday.

    Not one or two, but eight interrelated water improvement projects are planned in the area of Awbrey Butte, phased over a two-year period, to boost capacity, replace aging and small water pipes, and ensure adequate firefighting…

  • New rental housing on the horizon on large undeveloped lot in Bend

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    New rental housing is underway in the area of Wilson Ave. and 15th St. Find out more here.

    By Suzanne Roig, Bend Bulletin 

    Rental housing is being planned on a 32.75-acre parcel where Wilson Avenue and 15th Street intersect that could be move-in ready over the next couple of years.

    Construction could begin in late 2023 after the owners, Evergreen Housing Development Group, move forward with amending the original master plan to remove the commercial development that was previously approved. The Bend City Council adopted the project concept in 2015. The property was listed for sale for $10.9 million and sold in January.

    The Wildflower Planned Development will be 574 homes — three-story walk-up apartments, townhomes, cottage-style single-family homes…

  • Hotter than ever: Bend median home sales price soars $57,000 in February, hits $740,000

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    Bend’s real estate market sees no signs of slowing… Median home sales prices at $740,000. Learn more here.

    (Update: Average Bend home sale price is even higher — $879,000)

    REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Gas prices aren’t the only thing zooming fast into record territory on the High Desert: Bend’s median home sales price soared $57,000 in February alone to smash the record and reach $740,000, Beacon Appraisal Group reported Tuesday.

    The inventory “remains less than a half-month supply,” appraiser Donnie Montagner said, “and there was a significant increase in the number of new (building) permits,” jumping from 37 in January to a summer-like 79 new permits last month.

    “In addition to market appreciation, about 64 sales were over $769K,”…

  • Bend Foundation to fund new public art in four Bend roundabouts

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    Four Bend roundabouts will get new art! Learn more here.

    BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Bend Foundation, a philanthropic organization established by Brooks-Scanlon, Inc. and shareholders of Brooks-Scanlon and Brooks Resources, is donating funds to support new public art in four Bend roundabouts. The Bend Foundation and the City of Bend are collaborating with a local nonprofit organization, Art in Public Places, to place large-scale sculptures in the roundabouts over the next two years.

    Kirk Schueler, a trustee of Bend Foundation, said, “Our city’s vibrant collection of public art is one of the aspects that makes Bend such a unique and wonderful place to live and visit. We are proud to continue to help make art more…

  • July Fourth Pet Parade to Return in 2022

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    The July Fourth Pet Parade is making a comeback this year! Read more here.

    (Photo | by Mark Glancy of Pexels)

    After a two-year hiatus, the beloved July Fourth Pet Parade is set to return in 2022. The Bend Park and Recreation District announced its plan to resume the pet parade, which is an Oregon Heritage Event dating back to 1932.

    “The pet parade is enjoyed by thousands of participants and spectators, and we aim to provide a family-friendly, safe, easy-to-join parade to begin the holiday,” said Matt Mercer, recreation services director. “We enjoy the opportunity to be part of family traditions each Independence Day.”

    As in the past, the parade will be open to any and all who wish…

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