Downtown Revitalization


Downtown Hillsboro is the next great place in the Portland Metro Area. Full of historic character and charm, Downtown is poised to continue its transformation as one of Oregon’s great Main Streets. Downtown Hillsboro has experienced a renaissance of late. With the Venetian Theater, Walters Cultural Arts Center, and Sequoia Gallery. Downtown Hillsboro has emerged as an arts and entertainment hub. During the summer, people flock to our downtown for our Tuesday Marketplace and our Saturday Farmers Market; live theater occurs in the beautiful Civic Center Plaza  with performances by Bag & Baggage and H.A.R.T. Theater is located in the heart of downtown.

Hillsboro is a classic American main street with “great bones” and historic buildings. Downtown was recently designated a "Transforming Downtown” by the Oregon Main Street Program in 2009, which assists downtown business in preserving and enhancing Main Street. In 2010, the City adopted a Downtown Urban Renewal Plan, providing financial means to accomplish key capital projects in the district. The City has a Downtown Storefront Improvement Grant Program, which is designed to provide assistance and incentives for commercial property or business owners to enhance the design and appearance of their storefront facades.

Metro has designated Downtown Hillsboro as a Regional Center, with its quaint surrounding neighborhoods, employment centers, health and educational facilities, and MAX light rail access.

Check out this article posted in the Hillsboro Tribune that highlights some of the great downtown restaurants: Amelias gives tastebuds a kick.

Revitalization Progress

The Economic Development Department plays a key role in the City’s efforts to create an active and vibrant downtown, surrounded by attractive and stable neighborhoods. Primary activities include the formation of a new Urban Renewal District; update of the Development Code to better accommodate desired development, and implementation of projects and downtown-specific programs aimed at the physical and economic revitalization of main street.

Downtown Hillsboro is our community’s historic center and the heart of our city. The City of Hillsboro has partnered with property owners, business owners, and other community supporters to help develop the Downtown Enhancement Program – a comprehensive strategy to continue Downtown Hillsboro’s revitalization.

Making Downtown Hillsboro a more vibrant, livable place has been a top community priority for years. Now, an entire block could be the catalyst for further developing Downtown, as well as connecting Hillsboro's Health and Education District with historic Downtown. Read an overview of the project and site characterization.


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