REDMOND, OR -- Redmond officials are helping to rehab a local business many have considered a blight on the downtown core for a number of years. Community Development Director Heather Richards tells KBND News City Councilors are pleased with the new direction for the old property. "The Urban Renewal agency approved a loan to one of our property owners in the downtown area, at the corner of Glacier and Highway 97 – where Highways 126 and 97 intersect - it used to be an adult dancing club. The property owner is going to reposition that property into what we call a Commercial Kitchen Incubator."
Richards explains, "It’s actually a really interesting concept. It’s for those people interested in trying to get into commercial food products, but don’t have the capital to afford a commercial kitchen immediately. So, the developer builds it then rents it out by the hour. There’s three in Bend that are very successful with waiting lists; we have a lot of Redmond businesses that are driving to Bend to create their products, then bringing it back to Bend to sell. So, we think there’s a lot of opportunity there."
The loan by the Urban Renewal Agency will allow the property owner to begin construction right away. "It’s a great example of how Redmond works. John Stark, who is the Executive Director of Redmond Economic Development, and the property owner got together and started talking about opportunities for that property. John had been aware of this need that was sort of building in the community. So, he had the dialog with the property owner, they then came to the city and said, ‘How can we partner with them to make this happen?’ And that’s how it all came together." Richards expects work to be completed within six months.