To serve the Central Oregon’s educational, economic and cultural goals, OSU-Cascades’ campus needs to grow. The campus will expand onto the adjacent, university-owned, 46-acre former pumice mine property. The Deschutes County owned landfill abuts the campus property, and may also offer opportunity for expansion.
Together with the 10-acre campus the properties comprise what may have been the largest undeveloped property within the City of Bend. By developing these properties, the university is supporting Oregon’s land use goals of increasing density rather than sprawl.
Separately and together, these properties provide a rare opportunity to reclaim land considered unusable, develop sustainably and with minimum impact on neighbors, and create what will be a community and regional asset for years to come. Learn more.
The university will expand onto the pumice mine property adjacent to the existing campus. There are several former pumice mines around Bend, some of which are now developed properties.
Adjacent to the existing campus and university-owned pumice mine property, the 72-acre landfill closed for operation in 1994. Find FAQs about the landfill here.