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New meeting added to planned slate of public workshops
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he project team for the Central District Multimodal Mixed-use Area (MMA)
wants to get your thoughts on the five transportation alternatives originally proposed by in the Central Area Plan (2007) and recently re-vetted by consultants. The meeting on March 20 will be in addition to an already planned third public workshop.
In a phone interview with City of Bend Project Manager Wendy Robinson, the upcoming Central Area MMA transportation meeting will move from the City Council Chambers to the Municipal Court Room at the Bend Police Station off US 20. She felt the room wasn’t conducive to small group breakouts in the second public workshop, which will also be a mainstay for the meeting on the 20th.
Central District MMA
- Date: March 20
- Time: 6:30pm
- Place: Municipal Court Room
555 NE 15th St, Bend
In a concerted effort to increase the project’s community outreach, Robinson send out a postcard to the roughly 600 area property owners in February. She said they would the mailing up with another mailed notification of the March 20th meeting, as well as a display ad in The Bulletin, a social media push, and indirect outreach through Commute Options, and Bend’s neighborhood associations.
Robinson felt the Bend City Council has always been supportive of the Central Area Plan, so to have the project moving forward was significant. She felt that commercially, new development and re-devlopment in the area would become a compelling proposition because of the project’s location on a major north/south corridor, as well as the fact that it’s an opportunity to be close to yet not pay downtown rental rates.
According to project literature, this latest planning incarnation hopes to revitalize the Central District and is being undertaken to find ways to improve connections for everyone traveling in the area by foot, bike, bus, car or freight truck. As stated in one of the public notice mailers, it’s also a means to,
“Reduce the amount of land needed for the City’s urban growth boundary expansion.”
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on adventurecycling.org and is reposted here with the author’s permission. Find out more about Carman’s adventures by going to his blog: gypsybytrade.wordpress.com.
Photo © Nicholas Carman
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