As promised I am following up on last weeks County Commissioner Meeting hearing public testimony in regards to the Sunriver Village Mall. Arriving at the Great Hall in Sunriver, OR at 6:00 on a Wednesday April 30th the room was already buzzing. The anticipation of what was going to be in store for the evening was heavy in the air. All the chairs were filled and some - myself included found a perch on the stairs. The Deschutes County Commissioners; Mike Daly, Dennis Luke and Tammy Baney Melton and staff sitting in the front called the meeting to order. Looking around I notice Sunriver security is here in force - an ominous presence - what are they expecting to happen? Only time will tell how this evening is going to play out.
Well, the evening progressed. One after another members of the Sunriver community come before the Commissioners to state their pleas - in support of SilverStar's proposed revitalization of the current rundown and depleted Sunriver Village Mall. Around 50 of the approximate 300 people gave testimony for two and one half hours this evening. How many in opposition - you ask? From my last post - you all may be wondering - where is the controversy? Me too! This had to be the most civilized "controversy" in history! This community - at least those who chose to attended this hearing - have banded together to show their full support for SilverStar and the new mixed-use retail and residential village. Please see my original blog at Give-it-Your-Best-Shot SilverStar posted 4/30/08.
The biggest "controversy" of the night was the timeline for when the text agreement decission would be made final. After much discussion it was finally agreed that final text agreement regarding SilverStar's proposal will be discussed at the regular June 4th 10:00 AM Commissioners Meeting. The date certain to close the record on this hearing will remain open until the middle of summer.
Well, that is it for now - I will keep you posted as the plans unfold. Thanks you for catching the buzzzzz!