Deschutes Brewery plans to sell a vacant lot near the Deschutes River.
A brewery subsidiary, Sandlot Partners LLC, is in discussions with a prospective buyer, spokeswoman Erin Rankin said. The discussions are subject to a confidentiality agreement.
The brewery, which is at 901 SW Simpson Ave., uphill from the vacant lot, has been dealing with declining sales. Deschutes produced 313,510 barrels last year, down 8% from 2017, according to the Colorado-based Brewers Association.
The Sandlot property is on the northwest corner of SW Columbia Street and SW Shevlin-Hixon Drive, across Columbia from the Bend Park and Recreation District office. Sandlot acquired the property in 2014 for $4.15 million, according to Deschutes County Assessor’s records.
Last summer, Deschutes operated The Marina food truck lot on the site. The property is currently leased to the park district for parking, Rankin said.
Sandlot Partners recently filed an application with the city of Bend to adjust the lot line on the vacant lot, which would be 3.26 acres. The lot is in the city’s mixed-use riverfront zone, which encourages a variety of employment opportunities and housing types and encourages access to the river, according to city code.