Plans for new Bend food truck lot get mixed reviews

Parking a major source of concern

Plans for new food truck lot getting...

BEND, Ore. - (Update with area business, resident, city planner comments)

You may soon see food trucks popping up in a lot between Colorado and Arizona avenues in Bend. But not everyone in the neighborhood likes the idea.

The lot is in the historic district area and one business owner next to it said food trucks don't do the historic plot of land justice. But the proposal has gotten approval from the Bend Landmarks Commission.

There's another issue that many people who work nearby are concerned about -- parking, which they say is already difficult. According to officials, the project would add about five parking spaces.

"I feel like we could use five to 10 more spots as it is now, especially since Market of Choice came in," said Hip Fun hair artist Savannah Harris. "Everything around here is growing."

The city says it is taking the businesses' concerns into consideration.

"Part of the process is to do surrounding property owner notices," city planner Heidi Kennedy said. "They got notices. I did get lots of comments, and those were taken into consideration when we were doing the review."

Restrooms could also be another point of concern. The developers haven't decided if they'll hook up to the Bend sewer system or just put in portable toilets, which would be cheaper.

But others who work and live nearby are excited about the new food opportunities.

"We want more food options, and it sounds fun," Harris said. "And I live down the street. It sounds like a great idea to me."

Bend resident Scott Wicklund said, "We've already got the Immersion Brewing and Atlas Cider, and I think it would be welcome to have some quality food choices here, convenient near town."

There will be a fence between the lot and Arizona Avenue if the plan goes through.

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