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Central Oregon Association of Realtors to present awards Oct. 16, at Tetherow Resort.

The Central Oregon Association of Realtors will present the 43rd annual Building a Better Central Oregon Awards Oct. 16, at the Tetherow Resort, in Bend.

Among the 11 projects awarded is a Jefferson County project. The new KEITH Manufacturing headquarters in Madras will be named Best Creation of Cutting-Edge Industrial Workspace.

KEITH Manufacturing, an international company, with more than 250 employees worldwide, now has a state-of-the-art environmentally friendly headquarters, located at the main production facility. The facility sets a standard for industrial development and growth in Madras.

BBCO's main purpose is to recognize 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. The 11 projects and two honorable mentions, also including one from Madras, represent the best examples of economic and community improvement throughout the region.

The other projects include:

- Greatest Contribution to New Economy Investment, Brookswood Lodge, Bend — Brookswood Lodge offers off-site retreats for organizations from small local businesses to Fortune 500 companies. The facility represents the Central Oregon work hard/play hard lifestyle with fiber connected Wi-Fi, seven screens, six beer taps and three fire pits.

- Most Inspirational Achievement, Citizen Bar and Kitchen, Bend — While also working hard with her husband on their catering business, Sanda Costello was remodeling the restaurant in downtown Bend. While Costello was working on her hands and knees on the renovations, her husband walked in with her long overdue citizenship paperwork, thus launching the very successful Citizen Bar and Kitchen.

- Significant Contribution to Neighborhood Economy, General Duffy's Waterhole, Redmond — The Robertson family launched General Duffy's Waterhole with the goal of investing in their community and creating a gathering place. The location features five food trucks, a shaved ice vendor and tap room in a spacious shaded patio with space with outdoor games for children of all ages, weekly live music and a growing Saturday market with 21 local vendors.

- Best Downtown Revitalization Project, Historic Central Hotel, Burns — The Keady family purchased the early 20th century Central Hotel in 2016, after it had been sitting empty and idle for over 20 years. The stylish boutique hotel now has 12 modern 1920s-inspired rooms that are rented through Airbnb. The renovation has inspired others to be a part of a broader economic development plan to invigorate Burns downtown area.

- Outstanding Repurposing of a Historical Landmark, Ochoco School Crossing, Prineville — Housing Works' Ochoco School Crossing is a historical landmark named after the original 1945 elementary school. Now 29 affordable homes are all occupied with low-income families and individuals. Further, the former gymnasium is a recreation center for the Crook County Parks and Rec and the cafeteria has been converted into an early learning Head Start program.

- Outstanding Youth and Civic Collaboration, Homestead Pump Track, Redmond — When a group of children approached the Redmond City Council looking for support for a safe place to ride their bikes, they could not have imagined the results. The track is a continuous circuit of rollers to berms designed to be ridden by the riders generating momentum through up and down body movements, versus pedaling. Designed for riders of all ages and abilities, this is one of the first asphalt pump tracks in Oregon and has been recognized among riding enthusiasts.

- Most Significant Community Impact, Sisters Roundabout, Sisters — After more than 10 years of planning, the Sisters' Roundabout significantly improved the safety and traffic flow at the westernmost entrance to Central Oregon. A piece by local artist, Danae Bennett-Miller, represents the selected theme of "a journey through the passes is a journey through a land of contrasts."

- Outstanding Contribution to Senior Living, The Lodge in Sisters — The Lodge in Sisters is a senior housing facility that offers independent, assisted living and short-term stays with 62 resident units. The project's goal is to  partner with the community and local businesses to ensure the residents' needs and desires are amply fulfilled, and their experiences enriched by everything Sisters offers.

- Most Innovative Indoor Recreation Facility, Pickleball Zone, Trampoline Zone & Adventure Park-18th Street Sportsplex, Bend — This Adventure Park's unique design and mix of indoor activities for all ages is a new concept for the local community and beyond. The complex combines some of Central Oregon's favorites — pickleball, trampolines, climbing walls, a laser maze and ninja course.

- Most Creative Renovation of a Commercial Space, Tumalo Cider Co. and Heritage Brand, Tumalo — Tumalo Cider and Heritage Brand were born out of an old dilapidated building, reusing materials of the original building for a creative and unique renovation. Heritage Brand makes custom, high-end, decorative and performance rodeo gear locally for a worldwide market. Tumalo Cider Co. strives to offer the best cider and tap room for the community and beyond.

The 2019 honorable mentions are Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Madras, and On Tap, Bend.

Join COAR at 4 p.m. Oct. 16, to celebrate the projects. Visit coar.com for more information. In partnership with KTVZ, each of the award winners will be featured in a news segment in September and October.


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