May 2017 Around Town

Windermere Real Estate in Redmond Expands

As the real estate market continues to boom across Oregon, the top-producing real estate brokerage in Redmond, Windermere Real Estate, has moved to a new office space to house its growing staff and clientele. Windermere celebrated the grand opening of its new office space on March 10 with a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Redmond Chamber of Commerce.

More than 100 attendees celebrated the new space at 821 SW 6th Street, which is nearly twice the size of the Central Oregon real estate company’s previous office. The new 7,400 square-foot space will house the 30 brokers already working at the Redmond office, with room for 12 more to join.

“I am excited by the pace of growth we are seeing in the central Oregon real estate market and this new office provides even more room to cater to our community,” said Steve Redman, owner of Windermere/Central Oregon Real Estate. “It is clear that Windermere has garnered a steadfast reputation within the community and I look forward to engaging with new clients and brokers as a result of our expansion.”

Windermere Real Estate is ranked the largest regional real estate company in the Western U.S. with over 300 offices and 6,000 agents. The Windermere family has a proud heritage of serving our neighbors via the Windermere Foundation which funds services for low-income and homeless families.

Central Oregon Trails Alliance Announces Trail Plans

Local nonprofit and mountain bike trail advocate Central Oregon Trails Alliance (COTA) has announced plans—approved by the United States Forest Service (USFS)—for projects in the Phil’s Trail and Wanoga areas. The Pine Drops Trail will become part of their official inventory, and includes a reroute away from environmentally sensitive areas. A new connector trail will be constructed from the bottom of Lower Whoops to Phil’s Trail. The Kent’s/Phil’s junction will be realigned to the Phil’s/Voodoo junction. Tyler’s Return and the extension of Grand Slam will become part of our official inventory. In addition, the USFS has asked COTA to remove approximately 7.5 miles of user-built trails.

COTA’s primary purpose is to design, construct and maintain sustainable, human-powered multi-use trails. Further, COTA strives to enhance the mountain bike riding experience through safety, education, trail stewardship, public outreach and advocacy.

COTA is a non-profit, volunteer organization that works in conjunction with the USFS, BLM and other land managers to build and maintain trails in Central Oregon. COTA is an IMBA-affiliated club.

Bend Chamber of Commerce names Julie Harrelson Woman of the Year

Julie Harrelson, fund manager of Cascade Angels and CEO of the Harrelson Group, has been named Woman of the Year by the Bend Chamber of Commerce at their Tower Theatre event March 16 in Bend. Sarah Pool, founder and CEO of Pacific Superfood Snacks, delivered the keynote address at the ceremony. Arts, education, culture and family causes champion Clella Thomas received a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Shannon Keith, founder of Bend-based Sudara, which provides jobs to women survivors of sex trafficking in India, took home the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The Community Hero Award went to Alison Perry, who founded a ranch program for veterans coping with post-traumatic stress disorder. The Young Hero Award was given to Skylar Grayson, a senior at Summit High School, past intern at Bend Research and co-founder of the Youth Climate Action, Bend chapter. In all, the chamber received 39 nominees for the five awards categories.

When it comes to business in Bend, no organization has been looking out for the best interest of this community longer than the Bend Chamber of Commerce. Since 1926 the Bend Chamber has worked to support its mission to be a vital strategic partner creating resources and opportunities for member success, quality of life, engagement and meaningful impact.

Bend Whitewater Park Reopens

The Bend Park and Recreation District reopened the Bend Whitewater Park on March 18, following winter work modifications to improve performance in the whitewater and passageway channels.

“The winter modifications were completed with only minimal disruptions due to the winter weather conditions,” said Brian Hudspeth, development manager for the District. “The feedback about the wave features and the passageway channel is favorable and we look forward to the upcoming river recreation season.”

The completed whitewater channel modifications included raising the pool elevations above the lower two features and shallowing the pool below the upper wave by installing a concrete “floor” to help stabilize the wave. The passageway channel work focused on installing boulders to direct water through the center of the channel, thus decreasing the chance of floaters dropping over the shoulders and flipping.

The project’s original funding allocation, remaining bond funds from the Farewell Bend Bridge project, and property tax revenue provided the winter work funding.