The rich history of Brooks Resources Corporation and its transformative influence on Central Oregon continues to unfold today. From pioneering walkable mixed-use neighborhoods to spearheading zoning innovations tackling transportation hurdles to building some of the area’s most beloved legacy resort developments, Brooks Resources has consistently redefined the landscape with innovative solutions. 

 

Shevlin Center—A Symbol of Brooks Resources’ Commitment to Town Progress

Brooks’ Shevlin Center development stands as a testament to the company’s visionary approach. Delving deep into Bend’s present challenges and foreseeing its future hurdles, Brooks Resources has crafted innovative solutions that seamlessly integrate into the town’s fabric. What residents and businesses now take for granted were once bold initiatives, marking a transformative journey that reshaped the essence of Bend.

Few may be able to recall when there was no Colorado Avenue Bridge, Deschutes Brewery headquarters or cluster of medical, dental and fitness offices and multi-family housing units in the Shevlin Center area. That land, beginning in 1916, housed the operations of the Shevlin-Hixon Lumber Company mill, which was acquired by Brooks-Scanlon in 1950. After the mill closed, the property was fenced and closed off to the public for many years. 

In the late 1970s, Brooks Resources recognized the need for more light industrial and employment development parcels. It knew that as the town grew, it would require more and better ways to drive through the area and across the Deschutes River, and started working to develop this land in a way that benefitted the town.

 

Creative Solutions

Brooks Resources began by working with the City of Bend to form a Local Improvement District to finance the building of the Colorado Bridge and construction of Colorado Avenue through the property. The Local Improvement District was composed of property owned by Brooks Resources Corporation and taxes on that property repaid the bonds sold to construct the improvements. In the early 1980s, the company developed a variety of large and small lots that could accommodate different industries and companies.

Part of the process involved a zone change from industrial to light industrial (LI), which was subsequently changed to Mixed Riverfront (MR) and Mixed Urban (MU). These zone changes allowed for more close-in business and residential development as well as the building and construction of the Colorado Avenue bridge, a crucial Bend transportation artery.

 

Shevlin Center Today

Through its development process, Brooks Resources adopted design standards specific to light industrial buildings, setting a new standard in Bend for this type of development.

Today, Shevlin Center is one of the vibrant, core areas of Bend. Colorado Avenue features one of the early-days roundabouts (which Brooks Chairman Mike Hollern conceived and spearheaded) and has become an important and highly used corridor for vehicular, bike and pedestrian traffic. Employees who work nearby, as well as town residents and visitors, all enjoy the parks and trails through the area. The Bend Park & Recreation District’s whitewater park and Pavilion skating rink are popular attractions and amenities for Central Oregon residents and tourists.

 

For a birds eye view of Shevlin Center, click here to watch this lovely video footage.

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