4-story building proposed at Hill and Hawthorne

A historic lot near downtown Bend could be the site of 30 new apartments, under a proposal recently filed Dec. 8 with the city.

BKS Developments LLC is seeking a zoning change and site-plan approval for a four-story building at the northwest corner of Hill Street and Hawthorne Avenue. BKS’ representative, Pete Mann in Camas, Washington, did not respond to messages from The Bulletin. BKS, based in Las Vegas, bought the property in September for $654,500, according to the Deschutes County Assessor’s online records, and it is currently listed as a “development opportunity” for $1.15 million.

“I don’t see that building going up in the next three to five years,” said Frankie Maduzia, co-owner of a neighboring business, the Bunk+Brew hostel. “Stuff seems to get drawn out, and the city doesn’t seem to act very quickly.”

Bunk+Brew opened this year in the historic Lucas House at 42 NW Hawthorne Ave. Bend’s first brick house, the Lucas House was once part of a larger campus, Maduzia said.

He and his partners wanted to buy the vacant corner lot that’s part of BKS’ proposed building site, but the former owner wanted to sell the lots in a certain configuration, he said.

Hill and Hawthorne, the building proposed by BKS, would cover two lots: the vacant corner lot and 828 NW Hill St., which is currently the site of a 1929 duplex. The duplex is not designated a historical property, but the city considers the vacant lot to be a historical resource because it was associated with the Lucas House, said Heidi Kennedy, senior planner in the Community Development Department. The lot formerly held some out-buildings, which have been demolished, she said.

So the 88-year-old Hill Street duplex could be removed, but the Bend Landmarks Commission would review the new construction plans to make sure the apartment building fits in with the neighborhood, Kennedy said. BKS hasn’t filed an application with the landmark’s commission, she said.

The developer wants to change the zoning of the two lots from general commercial to mixed-use urban, a new designation that offers more flexibility, according to an application filed recently with the Community Development Department. A proposed site-plan calls for a ground-floor parking structure and three stories of apartments, which would range from about 650 square feet to 1,200 square feet.

The city would require one parking space for each unit, but the developer plans to provide 27 parking spaces, reflecting a 10-percent discount for proximity to a transit route, according to the site plan. Twenty-four of the spaces would be on the property, and three would be on the street.

Hill and Hawthorne could be developed as one- and two-bedroom condominiums with a price range of $200,000 to $450,000, according to a Cascade Sotheby’s brokerage listing.

—Reporter: 541-617-7860, kmclaughlin@bendbulletin.com

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