Construction starts on OSU-Cascades

Following a lengthy delay, workers broke ground on the campus on the west-side of Bend.

Share this article!


Following a lengthy delay, workers broke ground this week on the OSU-Cascade campus on the west-side of Bend.

The project has faced a series of challenges from Truth in Site, an organization of neighbors concerned about the development’s impact on traffic. So far, the group’s legal arguments have been struck down by an independent hearings officer, the Bend City Council and a state land use board.

While OSU-Cascades waited for those rulings before beginning construction, the legal fight isn’t over. Truth in Site has filed with the state Court of Appeals, and, if unsuccessful, could later file with the state Supreme Court.

(SOURCE: Bend Bulletin)

The campus will sit on 10 acres and is expected to accommodate 5,000 students.

Elsewhere in Central Oregon, the Mt. Bachelor Bike Park — complete with new trails — will open Friday.

In addition to the Pine Marten chairlift, the Sunshine lift will operate within the bike park, giving mountain bikers access to less-intimidating trails such as First Timer Line and lower Lava Flow.

“What I hope people figure out about the park is that if regular trail-riders come and put in a couple days in the park, their downhill skills will improve five years’ worth of trail-riding in two days,” says Tom Lomax, director of mountain operations at Mt. Bachelor. “It’s unreal. Everybody’s riding 5½-inch enduro bikes now, so come up here and learn how to use it.”’

(SOURCE: Bend Bulletin)

RELATED NEWS: 6 development projects reshaping Bend