The City of Bend successfully demonstrated it has policies to promote the construction of affordable housing. It won approval of the State Land and Conservation Commission to expand outside the traditional city limits.
The pilot project off Highway 20, will include town homes and apartments and a small commercial space. It will also feature a 6-acre park with walking trails and a pond. There is to be space for a community garden, a playground and community building.
The plan calls for 394 housing units including waterfront town homes at market rate and other units at what is considered affordable rates. Persons earning 60 percent or less of the area median income, which is approximately $38,000 for a family of four will qualify for the less costly rates.
Initially the City must annex the site before development can begin. The target date for completion is 2025.