Forest Service Foundation
October 2011, CUJ
Construction continues on the U.S. Forest Service’s 13,900 square foot building at Coyote Business Park on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. More than 70 Forest Service employees will move from their offices in the building overlooking Southgate Avenue in Pendleton to the new building, which is expected to be completed by May of next year. The new building is going up between DaVita Dialysis Center and Interstate 84. Drivers can see work on the project from the freeway. It will be easily accessible to both visitors and staff. Parking will include 113 spaces designed to accommodate today’s longer horse trailers and toy haulers and RVs. The current office lease will expire after 44 years in May when the Forest Service plans to move its offices. The CTUIR and the Forest Service negotiated for more than a year on the deal. The City of Pendleton and the Tribes each submitted proposals, but Coyote Business Park was chosen because it is “shovel ready” for tenants. Tribal officials say the Forest Service building will be additional anchor in the business park, which in September added two more businesses - Kenworth Trucking Sales in the existing yellow building behind Arrowhead Travel Plaza and a commercial building planned in front of Cayuse Technologies.
This story and photos originally appeared in the CUJ. The Confederated Umatilla Journal is the monthly newspaper of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Pendleton, Oregon.