Deschutes County donates land to Redmond for housing

This April, 13, 2017, file photo shows downtown Redmond.(Dean Guernsey/Bulletin photo, file)

A Redmond City Council vote Tuesday night could be the final bureaucratic step to transforming a blighted patch of downtown Redmond into 36 parking spots.

The city council — acting as the Urban Renewal Agency Board — will vote at its meeting Tuesday Feb. 16 to approve a $282,906.30 contract with Redmond contractor McKenzie Cascade to build a small parking lot, according to city documents. The lot will be built at the northwest corner of NW Fourth Street and SW Evergreen Avenue, only two blocks away from Redmond's main downtown strip.

The city purchased the currently vacant land, with intentions to build the parking lot, in September 2019, city documents state.

Not only would the project add more parking to downtown Redmond, but it would also add a sidewalk along Fourth Street, between Evergreen and Deschutes avenues, city documents state.

The city expects construction on the lot to begin in March, with parking available by June. The Urban Renewal Agency Board meeting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, and is available to stream on the city of Redmond's website.

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