The 100-year old former box and crate factory which was operated by Brooks Scanlon Lumber is the last standing historic box factory in Bend, Oregon. Located in the heart of the city between the Old Mill District and downtown, the iconic property has excellent access and visibility, but needed significant maintenance and improvements to continue to operate. We restored the exteriors, improved the site function and elements, preserved the original woodwork and brought the buildings up to code, working alongside locally owned businesses to unlock the full potential of this unique destination.
Our first goal was to structure a phased development plan in a way that would allow existing tenants—a mix of local businesses—to remain. The financial, compliance and safety challenges to this historic site were not small; similar challenges had contributed to the demise of the other two historic box factory buildings formerly in Bend and posed a threat to The Box Factory before we took ownership. We drew on our deep expertise in navigating complex city codes to collaborate on a solution with the City of Bend that would allow us to retain partial occupancy while we brought the rest of the building up to current code requirements.
It was also important to us that the Box Factory would continue to be occupied by locally owned businesses, which now include a collection of over 30 curated businesses including brewpubs, fitness studios, art and interior design showrooms, outdoor stores and boutique retailers. By devising an incremental approach to critical site improvements, we were able to restore the site in a way that is financially sustainable for the long term, creating stability for tenants that will better position them to withstand natural market cycles in years to come.
The Box Factory has been just one of the recent projects in the Mill Quarter that is improving this emerging neighborhood. Nearby buildings now include a 3-story office building, 108-room hotel, 28 townhomes and specialty grocery adjacent to a new city park, establishing the Mill Quarter as a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood that will be a fixture in Bend for decades to come.