City has annexed land south of airport for future industrial uses
PRINEVILLE, Ore. (KTVZ) – The sale of 159 state-owned acres near Prineville Airport for $4.5 million will benefit Oregon’s public schools and potentially bring jobs to Central Oregon, a state agency said Friday.
The Oregon Department of State Lands said it has signed a sale agreement with Birch Infrastructure LLC of Lake Oswego for the property, located on Millican Road south of the Prineville Airport. The parcel is "school lands," managed to obtain the greatest benefit for Oregonians and their schools.
Working with the city of Prineville and other partners helped boost the property’s appeal, says DSL Director Vicki L. Walker. A land exchange with the adjacent property owner provided direct road access to the property.
The city also annexed the state-owned property as certified "shovel-ready" industrial land, opening the possibilities for manufacturing, data centers or other employment-oriented businesses.
“The collaborative effort to increase the property’s potential has resulted in economic dividends,” says Walker. “The Common School Fund receives millions for distribution to Oregon’s schoolchildren, and more industrial land is ready to bring jobs to Prineville.”
Sale proceeds go to the Common School Fund, which sends twice-yearly distributions to Oregon’s K-12 public schools. The Crook County School District received $284,821 in 2019.