About the Bend Central District
Drawing inspiration from Portland’s famous Pearl District and the walkability of European communities, the Bend Central District (BCD) is envisioned as a mixed-use residential and commercial hub in the heart of one of the fastest-growing small cities in the USA. Located immediately east of historic downtown Bend, the confluence of support and direction by Federal, State, and local governments makes the BCD one of the lowest-hanging investment fruits in the American West.
At the Federal level, the BCD has been designated an Opportunity Zone that financially encourages investment in America's urban cores. At the Oregon State level, the city of Bend was approved to adopt their expanded Urban Growth Boundary which saw a rezoning of the BCD allowing for mixed-use development up to 85ft in height. At the local level, Bend's City Council voted to create a Core Area Urban Renewal District in 2020 to leverage Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for the BCD which will directly fund infrastructure improvements such as pedestrian bridges, streetscapes, sidewalk improvements, and the like.
Furthermore, Bend's City Council recently voted to adopt a new development code for the BCD which allows for extremely dense and advantageous building options for developers.
With the direction of Federal, State, and local legislative support, the BCD is on the path to becoming a vibrant, walkable, mixed-use European style downtown neighborhood in Bend.
With the State’s support, as well as Bend's City Council endorsement and specifically earmarked funding for the Midtown Crossings project including the pedestrian Hawthorne Bridge, the livability of the BCD will only skyrocket. This pedestrian bridge will connect the core of the BCD to the very center of Bend's economy, our historic and iconic Downtown.
About the Bend Central District Business Association
The Bend Central District Business Association is a small nonprofit dedicated to increasing the vitality of the Central District of Bend by enhancing its experience, image, and lifestyle.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
- Kurt Alexander – President – Petrich Properties
- Tod Breslau – Vice President – Campfire Hotel
- Chris Starling – Treasurer – Movement Mortgage
- Dawn Cofer – Secretary – First Interstate Bank
- Leah Rutz – Open Space Event Studios
- Alyssa Heim – Big Story Books
- Open Seat
- Allison Platt – Ex Officio Member – City of Bend Core Area Project Manager
- Councilor Barb Campbell - Ex Officio Member - City Councilor, City of Bend