BEND, OR -- Deschutes County’s sale of the former Demolition Landfill to OSU-Cascades, is nearly complete. Deschutes County Commissioners authorized the signing of sale documents, Monday.
County Property Manager James Lewis expects those documents to officially be signed in about two weeks, "Once they’re recorded, we will no longer own that property, but we will still have some obligations under the purchase-sale agreement following closing."
County Commissioners agreed to sell the 70-acre parcel to Oregon State University
for expansion of the campus on Bend’s west side. OSU and the state will buy the land for $1, due to the cost of cleaning up the site, which is estimated to be as high as $13 million. County Commissioner Tony DeBone says there's still a lot of work to be done before development can begin, "My understanding, it’s kind of a three-party system, at that point. So, OSU-Cascades and the state will be the owner of it. We’ll always be involved because of DEQ and the history of being a landfill. This isn’t the end; it’s just the beginning, maybe."