A petition is making the rounds online and in town asking the City of Bend to maintain Troy Field's public facilities designation. Bend-La Pine Schools recently accepted a $1.9 million offer on the surplus property from Portland-based Brownstone, LLC, which is representing an unnamed out-of-state hotel developer.
The sale is contingent on removal of the public facilities designation because the developer intends to build the planned high-end hotel condos.
The petition, which was created online at Change.org six days ago and has so far received 222 e-signatures, reads:
Hello City Planning Department,
The purpose of this letter is to voice opposition to the removal of the current public facilities designation at Troy Field, and therefore preserve one of the few public gathering spaces in downtown Bend. Parks and public spaces are vital to the development and preservation of a healthy community.
Please consider my opinion as you vote on this measure.
A public meeting to discuss the possibility of changing the zoning to a commercial use is scheduled for 5:30 pm, August 26, in the BLPS administrative building (room 314).
A recent Source reader poll found strong support for maintaining Troy Field as a public space or turning it into a mixed use building with shops and rental housing.