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City approved $315,000 in grants and loans to renovate the four-tenant building.

HOLLY SCHOLZ/MADRAS PIONEER - The Metro/PCS building across from Great Earth Natural Foods will be renovated starting this fall, thanks to a package from the Madras Redevelopment Commission.The building at 41 SW D St. in Madras will be getting a $315,000 renovation.

The money for the project will come in the form of a $150,000 grant from the Madras Redevelopment Commission, with the rest as a loan from the MRC.

Three of the four storefronts in the building are vacant, and owner Alan Poviz plans to make the improvements before trying to attract new tenants, he told the MRC at its Sept. 22 meeting.

"Everything has slowed down, so we can have it ready probably by next year, so we can know what kind of stores we can offer it to," Poviz said. "We want to restore it. We want to make it look good."

He said the building was built in 1983 and needs improvements.

Community Development Director Nick Snead said that includes electrical, plumbing and roof work, in addition to a new facade.

And because the building has four tenants, the project qualifies for more funding as an "adaptive reuse." Other projects can get a maximum of $50,000 in grant funds.

The design includes thin brick and fiber cement reveal panels, along with signs made of brushed aluminum. The northwest corner will feature a mural of Mount Jefferson painted on a stucco treatment.

"The proposed improvements will dramatically improve the visual appearance of the area within the downtown area — much like the Great Earth and Harriman Building projects," Snead wrote in his staff report.

The City Council unanimously agreed to a new contract with Century West Engineering for airport engineering and environmental services.

"At our airport, we always have on-call an airport engineer that helps us with pretty much all of our FAA capital improvement projects that we do," Public Works Director Jeff Hurd told the council.

The contractor works with federal agencies, including the Federal Aviation Administration, and helps administer the airport master plan.

Century West has been doing that work since 2010.

Every five years, the city seeks proposals.

Hurd said the city received three, and two rose to the top. Staff interviewed the top two and said they were both well qualified.

"We just decided that the recommendation would be to just stick with Century West," Hurd said. "They've been doing a great job for us, and we didn't see any reason to change."

Expected projects over the next five years include a master plan update, terminal area apron improvements, a runway extension, and a runway relocation and construction, as well as paving.

In its proposal, Century West emphasized its local ties; the firm is located in Bend. It also touted its familiarity with the Madras airport, experience navigating the FAA project process, and its commitment to helping with future planning.


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