Central Oregon Activities

Building a Better Central Oregon – Round 3

Here’s a recap of Building a Better Central Oregon and what’s going on this summer: Each year, the Central Oregon Association of Realtors embarks on Building a Better Central Oregon, which takes place during the summer. Each week, a group tours several locations throughout Bend that are doing cool and innovative work to make Central Oregon the best place to live (even more than it already is).

BBCO’s main purpose is to recognize worthy residents who have enhanced their community with outstanding new or renovated residential, commercial or industrial buildings. Projects are judged on economic impact, neighborhood improvement, unique design or use of materials.

At the end of the summer, locations are awarded with a variety of awards. Check it out to see who won what in 2018.

Patty has been going out every other Thursday to tour and highlight these amazing companies doing some incredible things around Central Oregon.

Week one, at the beginning of April, they toured the Bethlehem Inn, Northwest Storage, Trampoline Zone and On Tap. Check out what’s going on at these spots.

Week two, April 16, they toured the Redmond Pump Track at Homestead Park, Grocery Outlet in Madras, KEITH Manufacturing also in Madras, and Madras Vision Source. You can learn more about these here.

On April 30, they checked out Centwise, Crane Shed Commons, Citizen Bar and Grill and Tumalo Cider Co./Tack Shop. Here are a few of the highlights.

Centwise in Redmond

“Centwise removed the blocked-in windows and replaced the art deco storefront windows and metal accents. They also relocated the front door from the corner access which interfered with the crosswalk and moved it to the center of the building. They remodeled the upstairs offices for Tekneek Architecture. Now, they are in the process of restoring the historic Centwise neon sign. They took one of the most boring storefronts in Downtown Redmond and created on of the most attractive!”

Crane Shed Commons

A new office space on Industrial Way, Crane Shed Commons is bringing common meeting areas with stadium seating, tenant improvement allowances and contemporary design. Located just minutes from Downtown Bend and the Old Mill District and quick access to Highway 97, it is an up and coming location for businesses.

Citizen Bar and Kitchen

“Previously, High Tides restaurant in downtown Bend offered seafood and was a bit outdated. Sanda Costello saw the opportunity of her dreams open up and she decided to take a leap of faith and renovate the entire building, upstairs and down. The upstairs is an exquisite fine dining experience inspired by Citizen watches. The downstairs will become one of Bend’s trendiest nightclubs and bars. Unlike some of the negative reputations that the surrounding nightclubs have earned over the years, this one is geared specifically for the high class citizens of Bend who are more comfortable in an upscale environment.”

Tumalo Cider Co. and Tack Shop

Newly added to the growing Tumalo community, Tumalo Cider Co. has opened their new tap room next to the tack shop. “Specializing in small batch, artisan cider with a focus on dry, complex apple profiles. Stay tuned for our cider lineup -including perfectly balanced dry and semi-sweet blends, as well as unique styles inspired by tradition, creativity, and the Central Oregon landscape. Our promise to you is to make the best damn cider we can. Dry, complex, balanced, and original; a true northwest cider brewed in the heart of the high desert.” The tack shop next door produces beautiful tack for rodeo horses and is worth checking out. Next week, the Dempsey|Phelps’ team will be doing a tour of both of these spots after a tour of the Bend Soap Company!

Stay tuned for more from Building a Better Central Oregon!

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