Juniper Ridge is Bend’s newest 1,500-acre development north of downtown that is being planned based on the principals of new urbanism. When it is complete, Juniper Ridge will feel like a mix of Bend’s Old Mill District and NorthWest Crossing. Combining commercial, housing, office, and light industrial uses in the development, planners hope that a four-year university and a research campus will become a cornerstone for the community in the future.
Through a public/private partnership with the City of Bend, planners intend for Juniper Ridge to be a model of healthy, sustainable economic development. Developers will create a "Green Book" for sustainable design specific to Juniper Ridge as a rulebook for future builders, and it is the planners' hope that the neighborhood will be a model of energy conservation for other cities around the country.
An emphasis on public transportation, bicycles and pedestrian-friendly streets will encourage the efficient use of automobiles, and open green spaces will be prioritized throughout the district. Mixed-use buildings will encourage residents to both work and live within their neighborhoods, and the town center will be a vibrant hub that will help to stimulate growth and community interaction.
Design themes of new urbanism will be incorporated into the plan such as the location of important buildings in special places like squares or parks. A priority will be placed on natural open spaces to protect the diverse bio-habitat of the region and existing lava ridges and water features will be treated as community-wide resources.
Housing of different types and densities will serve a range of lifestyles and budgets and will bring diversity to the community. The architecture and landscape character will be rooted in the traditions of the Pacific Northwest and Central Oregon.
Les Schwab Tire Company, one of the largest employers in Central Oregon, broke ground for its international corporate headquarters at Juniper Ridge. Other industry sectors that the development is slated to attract include aerospace, medical devices, computer electronics, software, high tech, telecommunications, educational services, financial services, and alternative energy resources.
For more information on this exciting new neighborhood, visit the City of Bend website for updates and commercial development opportunities.
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