Get involved in the Bend Central District at these August events!

Buckle up or put your helmets on... August is a packed month for our initiative to promote mixed-use development in the Bend Central District (BCD)! We hope to see you at one or more of the following events.

Follow along with our BCD Initiative at www.BCDinitiative.org and Facebook.com/BCDInitiative.

August Events

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August 13th: Urban Renewal Advisory Board (URAB) Meeting
Tuesday, August 13, 12 – 3pm at Bend Municipal Court, 555 NE 15th St.

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August 15th: City Club Presentation Redevelopment in the Bend Central District: How Can Bend Avoid the Pitfalls of Urban Renewal 
Thursday, August 15, 11:15am - 1:00pm at The RiverHouse Convention Center, 2850 NW Rippling River Court 
Cost: $25 members / $45 non-members. Plated lunch is included. Click here to register. Registration closes at noon on Monday.

Featured speaker Michele Reeves is a national expert in helping communities recognize and leverage their strengths, and accomplish their economic development goals. Michele's photo-rich and entertaining presentation will show how other communities have successfully used redevelopment to create vibrancy and provide economic opportunity to a wide cross section of their community, along with pitfalls to avoid. 

Case studies will include urban renewal and economic development initiatives that:

  • Lower barriers to entry for minority-owned businesses

  • Provide wealth-building opportunities for small businesses priced out of a market.

  • Create district vitality for modest investments

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August 23rd: The Night Light Show featuring the BCD Initiative
Friday, August 23, 7pm at Oregon Spirit Distillers, 740 NE 1st St, Bend, OR 97701 

 Buy tickets here (sliding scale)

The Night Light Show with Shanan Kelley & Magnificent Guests is a live variety style comedy show featuring contributions from various artists, musicians, filmmakers, comedians, and community stars. Host Shanan Kelley skillfully navigates a wide array of topics while creating a warm and welcoming comedy experience for all guests. 

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August 26th: Planning Commission Hearing on Les Schwab Tires proposal 
Monday, August 26th, 5:30pm at City Hall, 710 NW Wall St.

Les Schwab wants to sell their property on Franklin Ave and move a couple of blocks to where Hardy's Burgers just vacated. The Bend Central District Overlay Code does not allow new automobile-dependent uses so the applicant has applied to remove the block between NE 3rd and NE 4th Streets, south of NE Clay Avenue and north of NE Burnside Avenue from the Bend Central District boundaries so that they can build a new Tire Center.

Comments on this application may be submitted to kswenson@bendoregon.gov at any time prior to or at the public hearing, but to be considered in the staff report, comments must be submitted by August 12, 2019.

Read Burden of Proof and View Site Plan

August 28th: Citizen Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) Meeting
Wednesday, August 28, 1pm – 4:30pm at Downtown Bend Library, Brooks Room

This committee is getting closer to drafting the new Transportation System Plan (TSP), which will be the guiding document for transportation in Bend over the next 20 years. Any new transportation projects built in the City over the next 20 years, including transit, bike lanes, sidewalks, and road projects will be included in this plan.


P.S. Thank you to people power and creative placemaking in action, the Franklin underpass mural is close to completion!

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Volunteers from top left: BCD Mobility Fellow Dan Murray, Jasmine Barnett and family, and BCD Visionary Board Member Aubre Cheshire.