For the past several years Neighborhood Associations (NA) in Bend have met occasionally to share information, ideas and issues. The NA Roundtable was an informal means of communications for the 13 NAs funded by the City of Bend.
NA representatives will meet Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Elks Lodge to determine the future of the forum.
The Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission last week approved the City of Bend's proposal to construct affordable housing outside of the traditional Urban Growth Boundary. The site is approximately 35 acres between U.S. Highway 20 and Bear Creek Road, adjacent to the eastern boundary of the Bend City limits.
Under House Bill 4079 a pilot project allows the City to use a non-traditional area of expansion to address the lack of affordable housing in our community.
Testing smoke detectors regularly and replacing those that are 10 years old is a must, according to Fire Marshall Sullivan. He urged BANA members to place a smoke detector in every bedroom and in the hall outside a bedroom. He said many fires are caused by unattended candles, cooking pots or space heaters.
Avion Water will be notifying homeowners on Rock Park Street of a temporary water shut down on Monday Nov. 19. The utility will be installing a 12-inch main pipe. The project will require a one-lane closure of Purcell according to the project engineer.
BANA members will be the first in Bend to help Bethlehem Inn collect food for the winter via its Blue Bag Program. Courtney Gallant will bring a supply of Blue Bags to the November 12 membership meeting for all of us to take home and fill. Each person filling a bag is invited to bring it to Bethlehem Inn and see the new facility.
For those who are new to Bend, Bethlehem Inn is a family shelter for those experiencing homelessness. It recently opened a new building on Third Street on the site of its original shelter.
Join the board in helping fill the pantry with wholesome food by taking a Blue Bag home and filling it with staple food items.
The City of Bend has launched the public survey for the 2020-2025 Consolidated Plan, which gives the community an opportunity to comment on needs and priorities for affordable housing and community development programs. The anonymous survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and is open to the public through Friday, Nov. 30, 2018.
Work will begin on Empire Blvd improvements on September 10 with a closure of the street from the 18th St. roundabout to Purcell. Phase i of the Empire Extension project will upgrade the street to full arterial standards including pavement, curbs, sidewalk on the south side of the road, drainage control and landscaping. It will include construction of the west half of the new roundabout at Empire and Purcell. City engineer Sinclair Burr debuted the project at the BANA meeting Aug. 13. He said a hotline for neighborhood questions and concerns is 541-200-6939.
The rocky vertical lots at the corner of High Desert Lane and Lower Meadow could be transformed into a modern athletic facility for rope free climbing, yoga and children's activities. Andrew Coleman, owner of The Circuit, bouldering gymnasiums in Portland has applied for a permit to construct the new facility. The is challenging for its rocky terrain and drastic aspect. Architect Rebecca Kerr shared plans with BANA and adjacent property owners at an August 2 meeting. The firm hopes to break ground next spring.
The City's Business Economic Development Advisory Board has recommended the City Council create a separate management body to plan for and promote the development of Juniper Ridge. Saying the City Council should relinquish control of the area, the board suggests bringing in professional real estate developers and marketing staff to identify opportunities for developing the parcels off of Cooley Road.