The public is invited to attend an upcoming Open House to learn more about the Empire Corridor improvement project and what will happen during construction.
The Empire Corridor project is a City priority that will greatly improve safety, multi-modal transportation options, access and connectivity for the neighborhood and the traveling public. The first phase of the project breaks ground in early September. Empire Avenue will be closed between NE 18th Street and NE Purcell Boulevard.
Open House options on Monday, August 20, 2018:
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Drop in whichever Open House is most convenient. Project leaders will outline the project and answer questions.
Phase 1, which starts in September and is expected to take about nine months to complete, will include:
During this phase, sections of Empire and Purcell will be closed temporarily but local access to area homes, parks, schools and businesses will remain open.
Phase 2 includes:
Phase 2 construction is expected to be completed by 2021.
Stay up to date on the project at www.bendoregon.gov/empire.
From: Anne Aurand
Contact: Sinclair Burr
The City of Bend Police and Economic Development departments partnered with the Downtown Bend Business Association to open a new Police substation in downtown Bend.
The substation is located at 61 Oregon Avenue on the northwest corner of the parking garage in the former office of the Downtown Bend Business Association. The location will provide an additional presence for the Police Department to better serve downtown residents, businesses and visitors.
“The City of Bend is committed to keeping downtown vibrant, safe and fun for everyone,” said Police Department Captain Paul Kansky. “This new police substation will provide our officers with the opportunity for more community engagement.”
When the substation officially opens later this year, it will not be staffed 24 hours a day. Police still encourage people to call 911 for emergencies and 541-693-6911 for non-emergencies. The substation will be a convenient place for Police to use to complete follow-up investigations, write reports and make phone calls.
Establishing a new substation is a proactive step in improving downtown public safety. It aligns with the City Council-supported Downtown Public Safety Improvement Plan which was developed based on feedback from the public and downtown businesses.
“Downtown Bend serves as an economic, cultural, and recreational hub for locals and visitors,” said Parking Demand Manager Drew Dietrich. “With more than 325 businesses and numerous public events in downtown, public safety is a top priority.”
Strategies that have been implemented to improve safety in downtown also include improving lighting in the parking garage, removing garbage enclosures in the south Mirror Pond parking lot and increasing foot patrols. Additional strategies the City will implement include redesigning the south Mirror Pond parking lot and installing video cameras in key areas such as the parking garage.
Parking Demand Manager
Police Lieutenant and Public Information Officer
If you need to head downtown or to the East side, be aware that the southern part of the roundabout on Newport Ave and 14th Street is closed from today, 7/31, for about the next 10 days. A detour is in place, but you might want to allow some extra time.
Applicants Sought for Urban Renewal Advisory Board
The Bend Urban Renewal Agency (BURA) Board is looking for interested citizens to fill thirteen positions on the new Urban Renewal Advisory Board. The Advisory Board will provide recommendations to BURA relating to the potential use of urban renewal for the central area of Bend to accomplish the goals and policies outlined in the Bend Comprehensive Plan.
The Advisory Board will meet monthly over the next two years while a new Urban Renewal Feasibility Study is completed. The BURA Board is specifically looking for individuals who represent the following stakeholder groups:
Applicants must be residents of City of Bend. Interested individuals must complete an application. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, September 8, 2018. Applications will be reviewed and candidates may be interviewed in mid to late September.
For more information on the committee, BURA, or the new urban renewal feasibility study contact Carolyn Eagan at 541-693-2130 or email@example.com.
When: Monday, July 23rd, at 5:30 (Planning Commission meeting)
Where: City Hall council chambers (1st floor)
What: The Planning Commission will take comments from the pubic on the primary sewer collection planning document the City will rely on for capital improvement programming and when working with land use applicants on potential projects that require a sewer collection improvement. The purpose of the plan is to help assure that development within the UGB is supported by appropriate urban facilities and services.
To review the plan, click here.
Contact: Damian Syrnyk, Sr Planner, firstname.lastname@example.org
When: Thursday, July 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m; small group presentations providing an overview of the project will begin at 5:45 p.m. and be held every 30 minutes until 7:15 p.m.
Where: Bend Park & Recreation District Community Room, 799 SW Columbia St., Bend
What: At this public open house, City staff will provide an overview of the Map Alignment Project and be available to answer questions. The project involves aligning the zoning map and the Comprehensive Plan map. The latter is the legally-controlling document.
Why it's important: The City says that aligning the zoning map with the Comprehensive Plan map will:
This event location is accessible. Sign language interpreter service, assistive listening devices, materials in alternate format such as Braille, large print, electronic formats and audio cassette tape, or any other accommodations are available upon advance request. Please contact Joshua Romero no later than July 6 at email@example.com or 541-693-2185. Providing notice at least three days prior to the event will help ensure availability.
A project website, including an interactive map and frequently asked questions, is available on the City’s website at www.bendoregon.gov/mapalignmentproject.
When: Monday, June 11 - 6-8 p.m.
Where: Bend Park & Recreation District Office, Riverbend Community Room
799 SW Columbia Street, Bend, OR
Why go: A City advisory committee is updating Bend’s Transportation Plan. This blueprint for the transportation system will provide more options for getting around, while protecting the quality of life that makes Bend a great place. Bend’s Transportation Plan will identify needed transportation projects and a strategy to fund them. The City wants to hear from residents as it develops this plan.
Rather participate online? Go to www.bendoregon.gov/tsp between June 11 and July 6, 2018 to review materials, answer questions, and leave comments on an interactive map.
N E W S R E L E A S E For Immediate Release Date: June
Contact: Cheryl Howard, Volunteer Coordinator
Let’s Pull Together on June 16
Let’s Pull Together is a multi-county noxious weed eradication event consisting of partnerships and incredible volunteers all joining together for good times and clean country (city) living. Helping control noxious weeds is something every weekend gardener and concerned citizen can do to become more involved and help protect our native Oregon ecosystem.
Noxious weeds are non-native invasive species that threaten our ecosystem. They crowd out native plants, starve wildlife, use water and create allergens. Noxious weeds also provide tremendous ladder fuel. During wildfires, ladder fuel can radically change the speed and fury at which wildfires burn.
Bagged noxious weeds can be dropped off from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on June 16 at the Westside Venue in the Old Mill District. Look for the Wintercreek Native Restoration trailer at the festivities.
Complimentary yellow weed bags and noxious weed identification materials are available at:
For more information about Let’s Pull Together, visit www.letspulltogether.org.
Here is an overview of the city's Transportation System Plan. The first public Open House to receive comments about the planning process (which will take two years) will be held:
The City of Bend is working with residents and stakeholders to create Bend’s Transportation Plan – a blueprint for a transportation system that will provide more options for getting around while protecting the quality of life that makes Bend a great place. Bend’s Transportation Plan will identify needed transportation projects and a strategy to fund them. As we start to develop our plan, we need to hear from you.
Join us for an open house:
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Monday, June 11, 2018 in the Bend Park & Recreation District Office, Riverbend Community Room, 799 SW Columbia Street, Bend, OR 97701
Children are welcome!
Rather participate online? Go to www.bendoregon.gov/tsp between Monday, June 11, 2018 and Friday July 6, 2018 to review materials, answer questions and leave comments on an interactive map. Community feedback will be very helpful!
Date: May 31, 2018
From: Anne Aurand
Contact: Garrett Sabourin
City of Bend, Project Manager
Open House for the 14th Street Reconstruction Project
Construction of Stage 2 (Galveston to Newport)
The City is holding an open house for the public to discuss upcoming work on the 14th Street corridor between the Galveston Avenue roundabout and the Newport Avenue roundabout.
Date and time: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5
Location: Rosie Bareis Community Campus, 1010 NW 14th Street, Bend.
The meeting will inform businesses and residents about the project, including what may be expected and how to best access the impacted areas during construction.
Construction will continue in this area after the Cascade Natural Gas Company completes its current project. A full closure along the 14th Street corridor between Galveston and Newport is anticipated to begin the second week of July 2018 and run for nearly two months.
Members of the community who are unable to attend this meeting can contact Ron Hand, DOWL Public Involvement Coordinator at 458-202-7349 for specific project information. Additional project information can be found at www.bendoregon.gov/14th