BEND, OR -- The community engagement phase of OSU-Cascades' long range planning took a big leap forward Thursday. Four community advisory groups presented their recommendations for the new campus on Century Drive, at a joint sharing session.
Richard Ross co-chairs the community integration group. He tells KBND News, “Our thought was keep the campus focused toward the river, towards areas of higher activity and away from the residential areas north and west.” His committee also suggested the campus take the form of a ski village. “The ski village, I was talking about more architecturally, that it would work as a mixed use community, the campus itself. So you that you have housing, some commercial services and you have education all in the same area. It’s all convenient.”
There are three other advisory groups: health and wellness, sustainability, and arts, culture and enrichment. Dozens of recommendations were presented to create a vision for what OSU-Cascades will become. None of the ideas are yet set in stone.