City narrows search
- Holly M. Gill
- Madras Pioneer - News
Final two developers for east side community named
The city of Madras and the Bean Foundation have narrowed their search for a developer for a master-planned community on the east side of Madras from six developers to two.
Last week, representatives from the city and Bean Foundation reviewed the qualification packets from the six developers and selected the Madras Land Development Company and Costa Pacific Communities as the two finalists.
"These are two incredibly well-qualified firms, and we think both of them are equally strong," said City Administrator Mike Morgan, who represented the city on the working group that chose the firms.
The developers were responding to a request by the city and Bean Foundation for qualifications for building an 820-acre community on property to the south and east of Jefferson County Middle School. The city owns about 620 acres, and the Bean Foundation about 200 acres.
The development of about 1,700 housing units will feature a range from multi-family, affordable units, to expensive, custom homes on acreage. Open spaces will include a golf course for dispersal of the city's treated effluent, as well as parks and trails.
A commercial and small business area will also be a part of the development.
The city purchased its acreage in 2002, with funds it had received from the Oregon Department of Corrections, as part of a down-payment on sewer system costs associated with construction of a prison on Ashwood Road.
Eventually, when a development agreement is reached, the city and Bean Foundation will sell their properties to the chosen developer.
"These groundbreaking companies, with years of successful collaboration together, have formed the consortium for the express purpose of responding to this unprecedented opportunity in Madras," the consortium wrote in its statement of qualifications.
"We recognize the great potential of the Madras area, with its agricultural heritage, the excellent access to outdoor recreational opportunities and your strong, diverse community," notes the MLDC's vision statement.
The MLDC's consultant team is led by the Walker Macy planning firm, which has done extensive work for the Madras community over the past two years. Walker Macy has provided planning and design services for such mixed use communities as Orenco Station in Hillsboro, Villebois in Wilsonville, NorthWest Crossing in Bend, and Tualatin Commons.
The team also includes land-use attorneys Ball Janik, civil engineers W&H Pacific, and traffic and transportation planners Kittelson & Associates Inc.
Although the consortium is new, the members have worked together on other projects. Taylor, the president of Hap Taylor and Sons, has worked on other communities with both Brooks Resources and Eagle Crest, a subsidiary of Jeld-Wen, the fourth largest manufacturing company in Oregon.
NorthWest Crossing, a community of over 225 homes in Bend, is a Brooks Resources project, on which Taylor has worked. Hap Taylor and Sons does all of Brooks Resources' development construction, as well as a considerable amount of Eagle Crest's.
Brooks Resources projects include: Black Butte Ranch; Mt. Bachelor Village Resort; Awbrey Butte; Awbrey Glen; Awbrey Park; and Awbrey Village; Shevlin Center; Shevlin River Front; and a new 1,000-acre community in Prineville.
Eagle Crest is responsibe for projects such as: Running Y Ranch and Harbor Isles, both in Klamath Falls; Brasada Ranch, a destination resort in Powell Butte; and Silver Mountain Community in Kellogg, Idaho.
"Costa Pacific Communities and KemperSports are joining forces to create a project partnership specifically for planning, developing, financing, building, marketing, and managing the creation of a golf village master-planned community within the city of Madras," wrote Rudy A. Kadlub, chief executive officer of Costa Pacific Homes.
"Costa Pacific has been committed to Central Oregon since 1998, when it became the first major Portland-based homebuilder to enter the market with its foyers into Broken Top and the Old Mill District in Bend," the experience statement notes. "The company's mission of creating large-scale complete communities requires long-term commitment to each and every one of our efforts to ensure they become the best places for people to live, work, play and learn on the West Coast."
Costa Pacific Communities was responsible for master planning and homebuilding in the award-winning Orenco Station in Hillsboro -- a mixed-use community built adjacent to a light rail station.
Villebois, a 500-acre, European-inspired community in Wilsonville is another of Costa Pacific's master-planned communities. The community has diverse housing, a neighborhood commons, a transit stop, and public open spaces, including parks, nature preserves, and a rainwater management system.
KemperSports is responsible for the development, management and marketing of the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, on the Oregon Coast, about 90 miles from the California border. The resort is one of the top-ranked golf resorts in the country.
The Glen Club, located at the former site of the Glenview Naval Air Station in Illinois, is another of KemperSports' golf course projects. It is home to the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame and the Illinois Open.
In the next few weeks, the two firms will give oral presentations to several members of the Madras City Council and Bean Foundation Board of Directors. Those representatives will hold a closed meeting on Feb. 18 to decide which of the two firms will be recommended to the Madras City Council at its Feb. 22 meeting.
"I think they're both very good developers," said Mayor Rick Allen. "They have track records in Oregon. Each offers depth in the projects they've done."
Once the City Council selects the master planner, it will work out the details of a memorandum of understanding, and later, negotiate a disposition and development agreement for the community, which will be developed over the next 10 to 15 years.