A new Fred Meyer store in NE Bend probably won't be a reality until 2020, according to Peter Powell, Powell Development Co., the firm preparing a master plan for the grocery chain and other land owners. Much preparation of the land at Cooley Road and Rt 20 is necessary before Kroger, FM's parent company, will begin construction. That preparation includes construction of a roundabout at Cooley and Rt 20.
Powell said his plan had included a signal at the intersection, but the Oregon Dept. of Transportation requires a roundabout instead. The roundabout, which costs 5 times that of a signal, Powell told BANA members gathered at Monday's meeting, will be funded in part by the City of Bend, the State and his firm. This change in plans results in a 9 month delay.
A hearing for annexation of land for a new 600 student elementary school is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at City Hall, 710 NW Wall St.
With the $2.2 million in revenue from the 2014 levy, Bend's Fire Department made many changes to how it serves our community. Response times are dramatically reduced and lives saved. Fire vehicles are smaller and quicker. Big engines no longer have to respond to a cardiac arrest call.
Police cars are also equipped with defillibrilators increasing the vehicles that can respond to emergency calls.
COCC will offer a one-day class on February 10, 8:30- 5:30. In times of disaster cell phones and land lines may not operate. Ham radio operators have been the lifeline for communities for decades.
You can learn the licensing requirements and how to operate a radio from your own home.
Deschutes County Emergency Management Coordinator Ashley Volz is publishing a multi week plan for how to build a personal or family disaster kit. She is posting weekly tasks on Nextdoor social media site.
Kits should include personal items like medications, hygiene items and warm clothing as well as food, water, and pet food.
The giant structure going up on 18th Street is slated to be a private pickle ball club built by the same person who donated $250,000 to Bend Parks and Recreation last year for additional pickle ball courts in Pine Nursery Park.
The facility is rumored to have a trampoline area as well.
Bend La Pine School District plans to locate two new high schools in the BANA industrial area at 20730 Brinson Blvd in an existing warehouse structure. Sharon Smith, District land use attorney, presented information about the schools at a Dec. 20 meeting at Ponderosa Elementary.
The new programs, named Realms and Skyline high schools, will provide options for students other than the larger neighborhood high school environment. They will offer an "incubator type environment", according to Smith, with curriculums focusing on 21st century career readiness and project-based learning in real world settings. The entrepreneurial and experiential based learning will allow students to design and personalize their curriculum, supported by community members in relevant industries.