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Homes planned by Bend golf course

Developers resuming proposal that stalled in 2008 crash

By Elon Glucklich / The Bulletin

Published: September 13. 2013 4:00AM PST


Developers are brushing the dust off a plan to build new homes in the Stonegate subdivision on Bend’s south side, near the Old Back Nine at Mountain High golf course.

Pahlisch Homes started developing the Stonegate neighborhood near China Hat Road and U.S. Highway 97 in 2006, envisioning a gated community with 186 homes lined by walking trails and several ponds, flanking the western edge of the Old Back Nine course. They had discussed buying the golf course as well, but the previous owner held on to it.

Pahlisch had platted 97 home lots and was building there when the housing market crashed in 2008, bringing development to a halt.

The company lost the Stonegate property to foreclosure in 2010, according to Deschutes County property records. Most of the northern half of the property was developed, but the southern half was bare.

David Silvey, president of Tualatin door and window maker Suburban Door Co., bought the land out of foreclosure in 2011, records show. Planning documents filed with the city of Bend this week show Pahlisch Homes is now working with Silvey to develop the final two phases of Stonegate, after the first two phases were built between 2006 and 2008.

Deborah McMahon, a land-use consultant working with Pahlisch, submitted the documents to the city. She said the developers hope to move forward “as soon as possible.”

The documents officially requested that the city determine whether the application is complete or needs to be modified.

“The four phases of the subdivision work together, McMahon said. “These last two phases would complete the trails” that were started on the property before the market crashed.

Of the 97 lots in the first two phases, 76 have finished homes on them, according to a Pahlisch property map dated Aug. 1.

Company president Dennis Pahlisch first proposed building homes on the site in 2004, several years after the former 18-hole Mountain High Golf Course closed after a dispute between the owner and the city, according to The Bulletin’s archives.

It reopened as a nine-hole course for a week in 2008, according to the archives, and then again at the start of the 2009 season.

— Reporter: 541-617-7820