The Impact of Art on a Community

The Impact of Art on a Community

“The arts empower. The arts give a voice to the voiceless. The arts help transform American communities and, as I often say, the result can be a better child, a better town, a better nation and certainly a better world. Let’s champion our arts action heroes, emulate them and make our communities everything we want them to be.”   ~ Robert L. Lynch, President, Americans for the Arts    Inspiring words from a leader of an organization whose mission is advancing… more >

Working for the Minds Behind My Hometown

Working for the Minds Behind My Hometown

I took interest in community development three years ago during my first year at the University of Oregon. Never had I realized how privileged I was to grow up in a community where at a young age I could jump on my bike and ride to morning swim practice, to school, or to 7-Eleven for a $.99 Slurpee without even a second consideration. In the last three years, I have spent time travelling around the world and to different US cities while also studying transportation, city planning,… more >

The Metolius Preserve: Our favorite staff meeting of the year

The Metolius Preserve: Our favorite staff meeting of the year

The preserve is an easy, flat hike with an abundance of things to see and experience. Last week several of our staff had the opportunity to spend an afternoon in nature. As a supporter of the Deschutes Land Trust since its inception in 1995, we were thrilled to accept an invitation from the Land Trust to tour their 1,240-acre forested preserve near Camp Sherman. And the Metolius Preserve did not disappoint. With Deschutes Land… more >

The Bend Central District: Focusing on Diversity, Not Density

The Bend Central District: Focusing on Diversity, Not Density

We all know Bend, Oregon is growing rapidly. There are many reasons people are flocking to Bend: job growth, a strong entrepreneurial culture, recreation opportunities, amazing parks, a growing arts & culture scene, OSU-Cascades, and a favorable climate. And unless you’ve been under a rock, you know that the City is planning for this growth in a variety of ways, including a recently expanded Urban Growth Boundary (UGB). In the UGB plan that was approved and adopted in 2016, one… more >

Navigating the Risky Terrain of Real Estate Development

Navigating the Risky Terrain of Real Estate Development

I’m an adrenaline junky at heart. Most weekends you can find me shredding single track, back country trails on my bike. I love going fast through the forest, and the more technical the terrain, the more I feel that natural high. Of course, it doesn’t always go my way. There are the occasional involuntary dismounts that hurt my ego as much as my body. But I always get back on, searching for the next adventure that (hopefully) won’t kill me.   In… more >

How Architecture Can Shape A Neighborhood

How Architecture Can Shape A Neighborhood

David’s father, Eldon, sitting on the steps of 2110 De La Vina David’s grandparents home in California When asked about what fueled his love for architecture, Brooks Resources’ VP of Real Estate Development, David Ford recalls his grandparents’ home at 2110 De La Vina in Santa Barbara, California (yes, he still remembers the address). It was a lovely Craftsman bungalow where David and his two brothers spent most of their summers and holidays. The large, covered front porch with the… more >

Events: The Great Community Builders

Events: The Great Community Builders

As real estate developers, it’s easy to think about the physical, tangible elements that go into building a neighborhood or community. We do it every day. Street Design? Check. Infrastructure? Check. Engineering? Check. Geotechnical testing? Check. But what about the intangible things that encourage social interaction among neighbors and, you know, build community. There are many physical ways to do that of course. Wide sidewalks and large front porches encourage people to get out and meet one another. Garages off… more >

An Advocate’s View: An Interview with Mike Hollern

An Advocate’s View: An Interview with Mike Hollern

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”             ~ Theodore Roosevelt The power of advocacy gives us hope for change, particularly in today’s divisive political climate. It’s easy to throw up your hands and give in to the notion that change will never happen; that politics, red tape and bureaucracy stalls everything. And as an “ordinary” citizen, it’s difficult to know how to get involved and affect change. However, we’ve recently… more >

Living with Wildfire

Living with Wildfire

The Bend lifestyle has it all–stunning Cascade peaks, meandering rivers and clear, blue lakes. A thriving arts and culture scene, world-class dining, even a brewery or 20. It’s no wonder we’ve found ourselves at the top of lists on everything from Outside Magazine to Forbes. But to live in Bend is also to live in a community susceptible to wildfire. It’s an inevitable part of our eco-system and a healthy and natural way for forests to regenerate. It can’t  be… more >

How the “Mobility Revolution” will affect Bend, Oregon

How the “Mobility Revolution” will affect Bend, Oregon

Me and my Datsun circa 1983. My father owned a gas station, so I was always around cars growing up. My first car at age 16 was a 1972 Datsun 510. Living in rural southern Oregon, there weren’t a lot of transportation options to choose from, besides a bicycle. So as soon as I could, I spent $900 of my hard-earned, gas-pumping money on my Datsun. When it ran, that car provided freedom. It took me (and my future wife)… more >

Collaborations That Pay Off

Collaborations That Pay Off

Collaboration is defined as “the action of working jointly with others or together to create or achieve something”. It’s an overused word that you’ll find used in many businesses, sports teams and artistic endeavors these days. But the spirit behind collaboration is one that, as a company, we’ve found extremely valuable in the business of real estate development. In fact, some of our most significant and lucrative accomplishments have come about because of partnerships and good working relationships with a… more >

2018 Annual Wall Calendar Released

2018 Annual Wall Calendar Released

Brooks Resources’ nearly 40-year tradition continues with the release of their 2018 wall calendar. This year’s calendar features a stunning starry sky over the Cascade Mountains, a photography by Nate Wyeth Photography. Annual wall calendars are free to community members and can be picked up at the corporate office, located at 409 NW Franklin Avenue in downtown Bend. The office is open Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm. Abilitree will be distributing calendars at key locations throughout Central Oregon… more >

Brooks Resources honored by the Oregon Recreation and Parks Association

Brooks Resources honored by the Oregon Recreation and Parks Association

Brooks Resources was recently honored by the Oregon Recreation and Parks Association. The 2017 Private Sector Partner Award recognizes an Oregon-based entity, corporation, or non-profit organization that has made a significant contribution to the park and recreation profession, either through an agency or the state association. “Brooks Resources has been a partner to park and recreation in Bend since the 1920s when Brooks Scanlon donated Shevlin Park to the City of Bend,” said Don Horton, Executive Director for Bend Park and… more >

New westside community in planning phases

New westside community in planning phases

In January of 2017, NWX2, LLC (Brooks Resources and other partners who developed NorthWest Crossing) purchased a 245-acre property located west of NorthWest Crossing and east of the Tree Farm. This property was included in the December 2016 Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) expansion. The company is currently in the master planning phase of this new community, named Discovery West. Discovery West will have 650 total residential units; single family homes, townhomes, cottages, and multi-family units including duplexes and triplexes. more >

City Club Announces Winner of Conversation Award

City Club Announces Winner of Conversation Award

The City Club of Central Oregon announced last week, at an evening reception for its members and guests, that the “Westside Transect” is the winner of its first ever “Conversation of the Year Award”.  The Award is given to the community conversation that best reflects City Club’s mission and values.  The winning conversation featured many individuals and organizations.  It is credited, at least in part, for accomplishing three things:  (1) it helped bring finality to Bend’s decade-long Urban Growth Boundary… more >

Brooks Resources Expands to Provide Development Services

Brooks Resources Expands to Provide Development Services

Brooks Resources will now offer development services for private clients. In addition to acquiring and developing its own land, the company will now offer services to help private land owners, municipalities and other stakeholders who have a vision for their land, but may not have the broad expertise or capacity needed to see the project through from start to finish. “Our team has a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of land development,” says Kirk Schueler, President and… more >

Brooks Resources Honored by Project Wildfire

Brooks Resources Honored by Project Wildfire

Brooks Resources was honored to receive recognition by Project Wildfire last month for our efforts to educate our community and promote resilient landscapes in Central Oregon. Brooks Resources has been actively involved in the mitigation of disastrous wildfire danger in Central Oregon. Some of those efforts include: Creating a Firewise Committee in North Rim and receiving designation as a Firewise Community Commitment to NFPA standards and Firewise in The Tree Farm community Staff volunteer time serving on… more >

The Purchase of Remaining Miller Tree Farm Property

The Purchase of Remaining Miller Tree Farm Property

The developers of NorthWest Crossing announced today that they have purchased 245 acres from the Miller family. The property, which was included in the recent expansion of the Bend Urban Growth Boundary, is bordered by William E. Miller Elementary and NorthWest Crossing to the east and the newly developed Tree Farm neighborhood to the west. Longtime developers Brooks Resources and members of Tennant Developments comprise NWX2, LLC, the entity that purchased the land. According to Charley Miller, co-manager of Miller… more >

Tree Farm Construction Update

Tree Farm Construction Update

Big equipment has been pushing dirt around The Tree Farm for over a month now and it’s exciting to see the progress that’s been made in just a short time. A recent update on The Tree Farm website shows some of the progress so we hope you’ll check it out. We’re still anticipating construction to wrap up near the end of summer and a sales release event in fall 2016. Be sure to join… more >

Brooks Resources Awards Family Resource Center $10,000 Gift

Brooks Resources Awards Family Resource Center $10,000 Gift

This week, Brooks Resources gifted local non-profit, Family Resource Center of Central Oregon with $10,000 to go towards their mission of supporting Central Oregon families through parenting education. Brooks has been a long-time supporter of the Family Resource Center and is passionate about creating healthy communities for children and families. The organization, which was founded in 1988, focuses on providing parents in Deschutes County with child raising strategies that strengthen their children’s physical, mental and social development. This mission is… more >