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Councilors to Sell Lots for Affordable Housing

BEND, OR -- City Councilors decided Wednesday to sell three northeast Bend city lots to benefit affordable housing. The three vacant residential lots are located on Forbes Road near Highway 20, Emerson Avenue, and Franklin Avenue. The Council declared the three lots “surplus.” property.


The development of the Franklin Avenue lot was opposed by a neighbor, who asked if they could purchase it. Mayor Jim Clinton suggested it be sold with the proceeds going toward affordable housing. He asked staff to move ahead and "See if they can sell it at a market price. I think that’s about our only option.” Councilor Doug Knight agreed,  “I think it’s our fiduciary responsibility to ask a market price for that and, as Jim suggested, enter into negotiations. Then the proceeds of which would go toward affordable housing.”
In other business, the council exercised the power of eminent domain associated with the North Area Sewer Capacity project adjacent to commercial businesses in north Bend. The city is negotiating to obtain six construction easements and may not need the legal muscle of eminent domain, but took the action to be prepared.

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