Critics of Juniper Ridge say that multi use development in northeast Bend say it's a money pit, but despite the economy, proponents say it has a bright future. For the City of Bend, it's a financial perfect storm. Launching a major project like Juniper Ridge during what some are calling the great recession. Scott Seward of Bend is among those saying it's a money pit and none of the promises have been delivered: “”No scientific research or high tech companies that were supposed to pave the way. No comprehensive or competitive analysis to evaluate the superior viability of Redmond or Prineville to attract new tenants and new schools.” Juniper Ridge Project Development David Dietz disagrees, but he admits Juniper Ridge is not for any company looking for land. “You are attracting a different breed of company, not people who are looking to pay three dollars for Base, Alter, and Brinson. You are looking for companies that are looking to build Leed quality buildings like Les Schwab.” Diets says he is confident you will hear more interest about Juniper Ridge from outside Deschutes County when there is more money to market the project. Until then, there is what he calls moderate interest by Deschutes County office and light industrial companies in locating at Juniper Ridge. Despite the recession Dietz says he feels the long term prospects for Juniper Ridge are very good.