‘First of its kind’ apartment complex with shared kitchens coming to NE Bend

'First of its kind' apartment complex with shared kitchens coming to NE Bend

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Hiatus Homes has been designing and building cottage-style tiny homes for nearly 10 years, but its new project is a first of its kind for Bend.

Hiatus Penn Flats, a three-story apartment complex with 40 lofted flats and four common kitchen/living room areas, is coming to Bend’s midtown neighborhood, near the corner of NE Penn Avenue and Fifth Street.

“I think it will look unique in its design and will catch peoples’ attention,” Ryan Andrews, the chief financial officer for Hiatus Homes told NewsChannel 21 Thursday.

Andrews and Chief Executive Officer Jesse Russell helped develop the city’s “micro-apartment” code that the complex will adhere to.

“We’ll be the first ones to try that code out,” Russell said.

Andrews said the design of the complex, which is set to break ground the first week of August, is catered toward a work-from-home audience that has grown since the COVID-19 pandemic forced many people out of their traditional offices.

“There’s definitely inspiration from the demographic shift we saw during the pandemic and COVID, and the way that pushed so many workers into a work-from-home situation,” Andrews said.

NewsChannel 21’s Jordan Williams has a report on the project coming up First at Ten on Fox.