The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals has cleared the way for Oregon State University – Cascades to move forward in construction of the 10-acres campus in Bend, according to the news release issued by OSU-Cascades Today. The decision makes it possible for OSU-Cascades to welcome students to the region’s long-awaited four-year university campus during the 2016-2017 academic year. Groundbreaking for the new campus has been delayed by more than a year after opponents unsuccessfully filed appeals with the city and then the state land use board. Today’s LUBA decision affirms that both Bend city officials and OSU-Cascades properly followed the land use planning process.
Compass Commercial has been contracted with OSU-Cascades to represent the school in fulfilling their real estate needs, but our commitment to support the organization came early in the planning stages with a shared vision for a stronger economy and smart growth in Central Oregon.
Below are some notes to recap Compass Commercial’s support of OSU-Cascades:
- Compass Commercial is committed to the smart growth of our community and believes in creating a greater opportunity for education that supports the needs of employers in the region and brings better jobs to Bend.
- We believe a four-year university will help sustain our economy and contribute to the long-term growth of Central Oregon, allowing for our children to learn, grow and stay in the community.
- In 2012 Compass Commercial pledged its support of OSU-Cascades’ proposed expansion to become a four-year university.
- Our commitment in 2012 included a pledge of $25,000 paid in installments over a five year period to support the development of the campus — wherever that campus may be.
- As supporters of the development of a four-year university, our commitment includes showing our support as a member of “Now for Bend”, the current campaign to educate and inform the public about the west side location.