BEND, OR -- A day before the Bend City Council was to vote on the request to change the status of Troy Field to allow the property to be sold, the Bend-La Pine School District withdrew the application.
At Wednesday night’s Council meeting, City Manager Eric King King told Councilors they can now look at other ways the downtown lot could be used. “You’ve acknowledged the desire to do some planning around a Heritage Square concept. I know council is interested in taking on that and having a conversation with community members and community partners and other public agencies such as schools and parks to map out a destiny for what this area of downtown should be.”
The school district agreed to sell the property to a developer for $1.9 million, to help finance new schools and maintenance. But, The sale was contingent on removing the ‘public facilities’ designation from Troy Field. The withdrawal of the request leaves the future of the open space up in the air.
Members of a group hoping to save the open space addressed the City Council, Wednesday. Mayor Jim Clinton says councilors now have the opportunity to work with others to define a role for Troy Field. “We do feel renewed commitment to do our part in participating in planning for this part of our downtown that has this historic legacy but also has some additional possible uses.”