MADRAS

| Print |  Email
Tuesday, May 01, 2007

{safe_alt_text}

“The hump,” as locals call it, was many things during its storied past. It began as a brick building and, oddly enough, after incarnations as a slaughterhouse, brick mall, Nazarene Church and a sand heap, it’s returning to its roots. “It was always dirty, an eyesore,” says Holli VanWert, executive director of the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. In 2004 the Madras Redevelopment Commission purchased the 75,000-square-foot site as part of a plan to help business owners remodel rundown buildings. BrickHouse LLC, a company comprised of Madras locals, recently purchased 45,000 square feet of the property for about $670,000. Rick Allen, a managing partner of BrickHouse, says the site is at a premier location between two major roads. Previously buried power lines added to the hump’s potential. BrickHouse hopes to develop a three-story brick building to house offices and a restaurant.


Pelton Round Butte, a series of three hydroelectric dams on the Deschutes River, is certified by the Low Impact Hydropower Institute as a green-power generator. It is one of only 26 hydro plants, out of about 78,000 dams in the country, to earn that status. Pelton Round Butte generates about 465 million watts, enough to power a city the size of Salem. Portland General Electric and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs own the project. Falls Creek Dam outside of Eugene is the only other Oregon dam with green-power status.


Have an opinion? E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

More Articles

VIDEO: The 2015 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon

The Latest
Friday, February 27, 2015

videothumbVIDEO: 2015 100 Best Companies to work for in Oregon


Read more...

100 Best: The Power of the Worker

March 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
BY KIM MOORE | OB RESEARCH EDITOR
AND AMY MILSHTEIN | OB CONTRIBUTOR

Technology is empowering people like never before and transforming how employees interact in the workplace. How can companies attract and keep staff engaged in this rapidly changing world?


Read more...

Get on the bus!

April 2015
Thursday, March 19, 2015
BY APRIL STREETER

How the private sector can ride the next transit revolution.


Read more...

Beam Me Up

April 2015
Thursday, March 19, 2015
BY DAN COOK | Photos by Jason E. Kaplan

An alliance of developers, academics and timber industry executives wants to position Oregon as a front runner in the glamorous new world of wooden skyscrapers.


Read more...

Footloose

April 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER

Founded 12 years ago, Keen Inc. likes to push the envelope, starting with the debut of the “Newport” closed toe sandal in 2003. Since then, the company has opened a factory on Swan Island and a sleek new headquarters in the Pearl District. The brand’s newest offering, UNEEK, is a sandal made from two woven cords and not much more.


Read more...

Oregon Business expands events portfolio

The Latest
Friday, March 27, 2015
htctfacebookBY OB STAFF

New events series brings magazine to life.


Read more...

European Vacation

Guest Blog
Thursday, April 23, 2015
norristhumbBY JASON NORRIS | GUEST BLOGGER

There are winners and losers with a strengthening U.S. dollar.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS