Making Downtown Hillsboro a more vibrant, livable place continues to be a top community priority. The redevelopment of the Block 67 will help further meet the community’s goals for Downtown Hillsboro, as well as enhance the connection between Hillsboro’s Health and Education District and the historic Downtown.
The City of Hillsboro purchased the former Hank’s Thriftway property in Downtown Hillsboro in December of 2016. The purchase of the site – located between SE Washington and SE Baseline streets, and SE 6th and 7th avenues – set in motion the process to refine concepts and development options for the property. The City does not intend to retain ownership of the block in the long-term, rather to work with one or more private developers that are capable of supporting the City’s goals for Downtown. Purchasing the Hank’s property ensures the land is developed in line with the goals of the Downtown Framework Plan and the Downtown Urban Renewal Plan. Both plans were prepared by the City with significant public input and identify mixed-use development projects that support regional transportation investments as a high priority for the Downtown area.
Update & Next Steps
After analyzing the responses to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ), Project^ has been selected as the development team that the City will partner with to advance the next phase of the project and progress towards construction and delivery.
Read the City's press release: Hillsboro Selects Block 67 Development Partner (1/3/18).
Request for Qualifications Issued
The project reached a critical milestone with the issuance of the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking development partners for the Block 67 site on August 18, 2017. The RFQ document can be found here.
Open House #2
The second Block 67 open house hosted over one hundred community members at the Walters Cultural Arts Center. Attendees heard about recent market studies for residential uses and grocer uses. They were also briefed on next steps in the project's timeline.
Open House #1
About 150 people attended the first Block 67 open house at the Walters Cultural Arts Center on March 14th, 2017. The first open house for the project yielded productive public discussion about the site and desired uses.
Key themes discussed included:
- Support higher density residential and activity generation on the site
- Interest in food and grocery choices on the site and in the greater downtown area
- Desire to evaluate different housing options
- Create a destination use and draw to the downtown through retail and recreational opportunities
- Have thoughtful and sustainable design
- Be sensitive to parking conditions
- Support for a redevelopment strategy for the entire downtown to make it a regional draw for visitors as well as destination for Hillsboro residents
Press Release for Open House for Block 67 – Formerly Hank’s Thriftway Store
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