PENDLETON – Old West Federal Credit Union is opening empty space for parking, but bank officials are hoping it will be more than that.After a fire in 2019, a thrift store at 342 SW First St., Old West bought the newly vacated land from Pendleton attorney Henry Lorenzen with the idea that the bank would expand its parking lot, which is on the corner of First Street and Dorion Avenue, but, as Kevin Jordan said, Old West’s Commercial Lending Officer at the Pendleton Development Commission at a September 22 meeting, the project got more ambitious once Travel Oregon indicated interest in using a wall near the land for its Oregon Mural Trail, a tourism campaign that helped install murals in small towns in Oregon including Ontario, The Dalles and Prineville. Travel Oregon’s global communications manager Allison Keeney has confirmed that the Oregon Mural Trail is about to arrive in Pendleton. “The murals are meant to generate a sense of community pride, improve lo and contribute to local arts and cultural initiatives,” she wrote in an email. “It offers artistic and cultural experiences to enhance the visitor experience while enriching the quality of life for Oregonians.” Jordan told the panel that Travel Oregon wanted the project to include an art viewing area. So Old West broadened their idea to include the land and the nearby alleyway as part of the attraction. Jordan said Old West envisioned the area as a community space complete with doors and benches for visitors who may have just completed a walk through the Pendleton Underground Circuits. Jordan introduced the concept with the hope that the development commission could offer financial support in the Charles Denight, the commission’s associate director, said the project did not fit perfectly into any of the district’s existing urban renewal programs, but he also added that the way whose commission spends the urban renewal dollars is at its discretion, and they don’t. “They have done it in the past and I’m sure they will do it again,” he said. Denight said what he liked about Old West’s proposal was that the bank did it. has already agreed to make a financial contribution to the project, and while that may not fit perfectly with one of the commission’s assistance programs, Denight said that a community space based around the Alley of the old west was one. concepts presented in the city’s original urban renewal plan. .