Hillsboro Major Projects


What's going on around town?

Whether you see dirt moving or not, at any given time there are various major projects going on around the City – both City-led and large private developments. If you're like us, you want to know what's going on. Below we have provided a list that will be updated monthly to give you an overview of all of the major projects happening around Hillsboro. If you have questions, contact information is provided for each project.

Hillsboro Major Projects List
Updated 12/21/16

Community Development

Private Development


Public Facilities

Parks & Recreation

Read the latest Public-Private Partnership Case Study: 4th Main

Read the latest Public-Private Partnership Case Study: Ron Tonkin Field/Hillsboro Hops

Major Community Development Projects (City-driven with partners):

South Hillsboro
Location: Located betweenDrawing Butternut Creek street scene SW 209th and 229th, and Rosedale Road and TV Highway.
Type of Development/Description: 1,400 Acres to be transformed into a community organized around mixed-use town and village centers, offering a range of community retail and services, civic facilities, schools, open spaces, natural areas, and a wide variety of housing choices, connected through a multimodal transportation network emphasizing bicycle and pedestrian access.
# of Units: Target 8,000 homes
Current Status: A recently adopted South Hillsboro Finance Plan calls for $450 million in infrastructure investment, including $300 million in new roads to increase options for drivers and improve existing intersections. Private-sector partners will take the lead on building infrastructure early on. A ground breaking took place on August 9, and the first task is the extension of Cornelius Pass Road south of TV Highway and the extension of Blanton Street west from 209th Avenue. Home construction will begin late 2017 or early 2018.
   Land Development: Dan Dias, City of Hillsboro Planning Department
   Major Infrastructure and Financing: Gregg Snyder, City of Hillsboro Planning Department
More Information: www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/SouthHillsboro

North Hillsboro Industrial Area
West of Brookwood Parkway to Sewell Road and North of Evergreen Road to Highway 26
Description: The North Hillsboro Industrial Area is home to many of Oregon’s largest and most economically critical industrial businesses and related industrial clusters such as Intel, Genentech, SolarWorld, and Qorvo. According to the Oregon Employment Department, in 2014, fifty-two percent of the City’s total jobs were located in North Hillsboro. With a total employment of over 32,000, the North Hillsboro Industrial Area had an annual average wage of over $114,500; 134% higher than the City-wide average wage and 215% greater than the average wage of the Portland region.
Current Status: The North Hillsboro Industrial Renewal Area was recently adopted in December 2015 by the Hillsboro City Council, providing Hillsboro, the Portland region and Oregon with an opportunity to create thousands of well-paying jobs, fulfilling both regional and local goals for managed growth and development. Approximately 1,090 acres are within the area boundary and zoned or designated “Industrial” under the City Comprehensive Plan. This location has seen limited development and is to be generally maintained for large lot users (>50 acres). The City team, including Economic Development, Planning, Public Works, Water, and Finance, as well as staff from Washington County Planning and Transportation and Clean Water Services, are working to bring this area closer to development-ready status. Financial and development planning is ongoing, as well as specific infrastructure projects that are underway or planned.
Contact: Mark Clemons, City of Hillsboro Economic Development Department
More Information: www.hillsboro-oregon.gov (North Hillsboro Plan webpage)

Amberglen Community Plan

 Location: 606 acres in NE Hillsboro bounded by 185th Avenue on the east, Cornell and Walker roads on the north, 206th Avenue on the west, and the Westside light rail line on the south.
Description: The plan identifies a mixed-use urban community focused on a dramatic central park. Residential, employment, shopping, education, and recreation would be integrated throughout a high-quality urban and natural environment.
Current Status: Several development applications have been received and the City is preparing for a financial tools analysis and catalyst opportunities study.
Land Development: Dan Dias, City of Hillsboro Planning Department
   Major Infrastructure and Financing: Gregg Snyder, City of Hillsboro Planning Department

Downtown Hillsboro Revitalization Plan
Location: The larger downtown area, totaling 1,108 acres includes the Main Street commercial district; the Baseline/Oak, 10th Avenue, 1st Avenue, and light rail corridors; the southwest industrial area; and portions of downtown area residential neighborhoods.
Description: The City of Hillsboro, through the Hillsboro 2020 Vision, the Downtown Framework Plan and the Downtown Urban Renewal Plan has identified the revitalization of downtown Hillsboro as a high priority. Downtown Hillsboro is the heart of the Hillsboro community, serving as the primary civic gathering spot in the city.
Current Status: Staff from Economic Development, Public Works, Parks, Planning and Police are all active in strategy implementation in the Downtown. Downtown maintenance, pedestrian and bike amenities, support for storefront improvements, cultural and arts support, and events including Tuesday and Saturday markets and Holly Days will continue.
Karla Antonini, City of Hillsboro Economic Development Department
More Information: www.hillsboro-oregon.gov (Downtown project webpage)

Hillsboro Wayfinding
Location: City-wide
Description: The City is working with community partners to create a wayfinding system that conveys “you have arrived to an amazing community!” We want to ensure this system reflects the great things that are growing in Hillsboro, generates community pride, helps locals and visitors navigate and discover our history, culture, parks, resources and businesses.
Current Status: After input from stakeholders, a final design has been created, including pedestrian, vehicular and parking directional signs, info kiosks, street name signs, welcome gateways and banners. Phase one installation including Downtown pedestrian and parking signs, and info kiosks is anticipated to start in late fall 2016. Continued phased installation will be based on sign priorities and funding.
Contact: Corinne Weiss, City of Hillsboro Communications and Marketing Manager
More Information: www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/wayfinding


Transportation, Water & Infrastructure Projects:

U.S. 26 Brookwood Parkway/Helvetia Interchange Project
ODOT US 26 Brookwood interchangeLocation: On U.S. 26 at the Brookwood/Helvetia exit
Description: The U.S. 26 Brookwood Parkway/Helvetia Interchange project will improve traffic flow and safety in the interchange area. Completion is slated for summer 2015.
Current Status: The new loop off-ramp from U.S. 26 westbound to Brookwood Parkway is open. This is a dedicated off-ramp just for travelers on U.S. 26 westbound heading for southbound Brookwood Parkway. The former westbound off-ramp is now a dedicated off-ramp just for travelers on U.S. 26 westbound heading for northbound Helvetia Road. There are now two off-ramps in the interchange, similar to the U.S. 26/Cornelius Pass Road interchange to the east. Traffic heading south on Brookwood Parkway toward Hillsboro from U.S. 26 westbound must use Exit 61A.
Contact: Lili Boicourt, ODOT Community Affairs at 503-731-8247 or Lili.D.Boicourt@odot.state.or.us.
More Information: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION1/pages/us26_brookwoodpkwy/index.aspx

NE 28th Avenue Improvement Project
Location: NE 28th Avenue between Baseline and Cornell Rd
Description: NE 28th Ave is a narrow, two-lane street, with few sidewalks and no shoulders or bike lanes. The current traffic volume is around 10,000 cars per day. The area around the roadway is a mix of homes and businesses. Along 28th Ave, there are several intersections with poor geometry and some intersections are close to the MAX light rail. A traffic signal is also needed at the intersection of 28th and NE Veterans Drive/NE Grant Street. The City is using a “complete streets” approach to create a street for use by all modes of transportation. The traditional way of designing streets focused on getting cars and trucks down the road. The “complete streets” approach promotes safe access and travel for all users, regardless of the mode of travel, age or mobility. The City sees this project providing pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit users the ability to safely travel, access homes and businesses, and cross the street. This is an existing residential community. Providing a safe, walkable and bicycle friendly neighborhood along an arterial street corridor is a primary goal of this project.
Current Status: Under Construction
Contact: Doug Gresham, City of Hillsboro Public Works
More Information: www.Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/28thAve  

NW 253rd Avenue Improvement Project
Location: North Hillsboro
Description: The existing interchange between Highway 26, NW Brookwood Parkway, and Helvetia Road will soon be undergoing construction improvements to increase capacity. The intersection of Meek Road and Brookwood Parkway is currently located too close to the interchange and is considered a safety hazard. As part of the reconstruction, this intersection will be closed and residents who currently use Meek Road will need a new route in and out of their neighborhood. The City of Hillsboro has begun planning to improve and extend NW 253rd Avenue from Evergreen Road to Meek Road. The road will also improve access for future development of the area. The existing gravel roadway will be widened and paved to accommodate two lanes of traffic and extended northward until it reaches Meek Road.
Current Status: Under Construction
Contact: Charlie Shell, City of Hillsboro Public Works
More Information: www.Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/253rd

Hillsboro Willamette River Future Water Supply  
Willamette RiverLocation: The Willamette River at Wilsonville to the Hillsboro area
Description: In a proactive effort to ensure an adequate water supply to meet future demands, the City of Hillsboro and Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) are partnering to develop the mid-Willamette River at Wilsonville as an additional water supply source.
Current Status: Pipeline construction for the Willamette Water Supply Program began in November, as the first pieces of pipe were placed into the ground along Kinsman Road in Wilsonville. CH2M Hill engineers were recently selected as the design consultant for the Scholls area pipeline route. Right-of-entry outreach continues for more than 400 properties along the alignment ad current wetland, cultural, geotechnical, and other environmental studies on these properties are nearly complete for upcoming permitting. Finally, staff is busy utilizing the wetland delineations and other information gathered over the last few months to develop permit applications to submit to Federal and State agencies in 2017. Authorizations will include any environmental mitigation measures needed to ensure that the new water system complies with federal and state laws.
Contact: Tacy Steele, City of Hillsboro Water Department
More Information: www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/water; www.ourreliablewater.org

Public Facilities Projects:

Public Works Facility Campus
Location: North side of Evergreen between Sewell and NW 30th Avenue
Description: A new Public Works Operations building, Public Works garage/ shop building, covered storage, and new fleet shop opened in November 2016. The 15-acre site is the central hub for the construction, maintenance, and operation of Hillsboro’s transportation network, sanitary sewer systems, and storm water systems. In addition, crews based at the facility have quick arterial access throughout the City to respond to general service needs and provide emergency response to incidents such as downed trees and street flooding.
Current Status: After opening in November, the City of Hillsboro Public Works Department’s new centrally-located service facility is helping City employees to serve Hillsboro residents and businesses. The community will be invited for a grand opening celebration and tour of the facility in 2017 after construction of the sustainably-designed main building’s second floor is complete.
Contact: Karl Dinger, City of Hillsboro Public Works Department

Parks & Recreation Projects:
Orenco Woods image

Orenco Woods Nature Park
Location: 225th Avenue and Birch Street
Type of Development: Future 42 acre nature park
Current Status: The site is currently closed to public use while habitat restoration work is underway. Park construction is scheduled to begin in 2016 and open in 2017.
Contact: Laurie DeVos, City of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department,
More Information: Hillsboro Parks & Recreation project webpage

Historic McDonald House
Exterior Front of the McDonald HouseLocation: Within Orenco Woods Nature Park
Type of Development: Family home of the McDonald family, founders of the Oregon Nursery Co. (ORENCO)
Current Status: The house is undergoing stabilization to preserve it from further decay. On January 14, 2015 the house was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Design work on the renovation of the home will get underway later this year.
Contact: Maria Devila Bores, City of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department
More Information: Hillsboro Parks & Recreation project webpage

Picnic Table at Cherry Lane Trail HeadCornell Creek Park
Location: Corner of Cornell and 231st Avenue
Type of Development: Future 4-acre neighborhood park with trails, off-leash dog area, nature play area, bocce court and outdoor ping-pong table.
Current Status: Park construction began in mid-August and is begin done by Hillsboro Parks & Recreation's Parks Maintenance Project Team. The off-leash dog area in the southern section is open. The north section of the park is nearly complete.  The estimated opening is spring 2016 after the sidewalks along Cornell and 231st are installed. 
Contact: Laurie DeVos, City of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department
More Information: Hillsboro Parks & Recreation project webpage

Hillsboro Community Recreation Center
Location: West side of 53rd Avenue across the road from the 53rd Avenue Community Park
Type of Development: Proposed 95,000 sq ft community recreation center
Current Status: The pre-design phase of the project is complete. The project is on hold until funding is secured.
Contact: Dave Miletich, City of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department
More Information: Hillsboro Parks & Recreation project webpage

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