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REDMOND, OR -- Plans are in the works for a new retail center on a three-acre parcel along North Highway 97 in Redmond. Portland Real Estate Broker Ralph Bigelow is purchasing the land along with a construction company.

 

Bigelow tells KBND News Oak Tree Ln will be extended to allow for the development. He wants to fill the property with shopping and dining options. Bigelow says he wants to attract businesses that aren't already in the area, "We are talking with fast food users; we are talking to a national medical-dental group that has 600 or 700 locations around the country, and then we can add a mini-strip center building of approximately 10,000 feet." He adds, "Bend has a lot of really top-notch brew pubs, and I think a really high quality brew pub would do really well up on that end of town."

 

The idea, he says is to create an area attractive and useful to current and future residents of nearby neighborhoods. "The same owner that we're buying the property from owns, I think, in total it's almost 10 acres; so we're buying a little over three acres and then there will be six plus acres that's zoned residential."

 

Construction is set to begin by the end of this year. Bigelow hopes to have the retail center open by next June. 
 

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