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Redmond Encourages Fire, Safety Upgrades

REDMOND, OR -- Redmond’s Urban Renewal Agency is investing in a new program aimed at improving safety and accessibility for businesses and multi-family properties. The property assistance program will provide matching grants up to $7500 to building owners. 


Redmond Fire Chief Tim Moor says the money can be used for a number of upgrades that will benefit both citizens and firefighters, "Whether it’s sprinkler systems or alarm systems, buildings that don’t have key boxes on the outside so firefighters can access those buildings. It’s a great partnership that will allow business owners and the Urban Renewal District to utilize Urban Renewal District dollars to make those improvements to their facilities." The money can even be used to make sidewalk and other accessibility improvements. 
Chief Moor says, "Anytime buildings don’t have safety systems, we worry about all of those buildings. But, the historical area downtown is a concern of ours and I think this is a great way to help mitigate any future problems and provide safety for both the citizens of Redmond and firefighter safety, should there ever be a fire in those buildings." Moor says it’s a voluntary process where building owners contribute money to the work; none of the funding comes from the fire district. He tells KBND News, "I think it’s a model that can be used across the state of Oregon where cities and fire districts can get together and utilize Urban Renewal Districts to benefit both the citizens and the safety of firefighters."
Click HERE for more information and to apply for the program. 

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