Hillsboro Major Projects

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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 12/20/17

Community Development


Public Facilities

Parks & Recreation

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 in early 2018.
Gregg Snyder, City of Hillsboro Planning Department
More Information: Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/SouthHillsboro

North Hillsboro Industrial Renewal Area
East and West of Brookwood Parkway to Sewell Road and North of Evergreen Road to Highway 26
Description: The North Hillsboro Industrial Renewal Area is located in the North Hillsboro Industrial District.  The larger District 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 2015, fifty-three percent of the City’s total jobs were located in North Hillsboro Industrial District. With a total employment of over 38,000, the District had an annual average wage of over $113,000; 132 percent higher than the Citywide average wage and 204 percent greater than the average wage of the Portland region. Forty-one percent of Oregon’s high tech manufacturing jobs are in Hillsboro, the majority of these in District.
Current Status: The North Hillsboro Industrial Renewal Area currently includes the majority of vacant industrial land in the City and is the location where new technology-oriented jobs will be located.  The Industrial Renewal Plan was adopted in December 2015 by the Hillsboro City Council to provide a funding method to assist with financing of necessary infrastructure.  This area provides 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 a portion is reserved for large lot industrial 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 to development-ready status. Financial and development planning is ongoing, as well as specific infrastructure projects that are underway or planned.
Contact: Dan Dias, 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: 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 will continue. A recent focus has been the development of mixed use housing and commercial projects such as the 4th/Main project by Tokola Development. On the arts front, the City provided a real estate loan to Bag&Baggage Theater group to purchase the old bank building on the 4th/Main site for their new performance home. To continue the goal of mixed use housing, the City purchased the vacant Hanks Thriftway site in December 2016 and is preparing development goals for the site, renamed Block 67. The City will seek private developer(s) to partner with to bring a new mixed-use project to Downtown over the next few years.
Karla Antonini, City of Hillsboro Economic Development Department
More Information: www.hillsboro-oregon.gov (Downtown project webpage)

Hillsboro Wayfinding
Location: Citywide
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 was created, including pedestrian, vehicular and parking directional signs, info kiosks, street name signs, welcome gateways and banners. Phase one installation included Downtown banners, pedestrian and parking signs, and info kiosks. 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:

Hillsboro Willamette River Future Water Supply  
Willamette RiverLocation: The Willamette River at Wilsonville to the Hillsboro area
Description: The City of Hillsboro and Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) are partnering to develop the mid-Willamette River at Wilsonville as an additional regional water supply source by 2026. The entire system is being designed to withstand the impacts of a large earthquake or other natural disasters so that water service can be restored quickly after an event. The Program includes building a modified intake on the Willamette River, a new water filtration plant, water supply tanks, and more than 30 miles of large-diameter water transmission pipelines traveling north from Wilsonville, through Beaverton, and into Hillsboro – all built to modern seismic standards.
Current Status: Pipeline construction for the Program began in November 2016, as the first pieces of pipe were placed into the ground along Kinsman Road in Wilsonville. The Program is making great progress, with several activities currently underway:

  • Wilsonville is extending Kinsman Road, improving the roadway grid system west of I-5.  
  • Washington County is extending 124th Avenue north from Wilsonville to Tualatin-Sherwood Road to improve regional mobility and provide access to future commercial and industrial lands. A portion of the new water pipeline will be installed starting in mid-August as part of this project.
  • In late June 2017, South Hillsboro Area Pipeline Project contractor Kerr Contractors completed the first Willamette Water Supply Program pipeline trenchless road crossing. The 270-foot tunnel was installed under TV Highway and connects the north and south Cornelius Pass Road pipelines. The tunnel is lined with a 60-inch diameter steel casing into which the 48-inch water pipe was installed.

Contact: Lindsay Wochnick, 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: The City of Hillsboro Public Works Department’s new centrally-located service facility is helping City employees to serve Hillsboro residents and businesses, and construction of the sustainably-designed main building’s second floor is complete. The community will be invited for a facility celebration and tour in 2018.
Contact: Karl Dinger, City of Hillsboro Public Works Department


Parks & Recreation Projects:

South Hillsboro Neighborhood Parks Plan
Located between SW 209th and 229th, and Rosedale Road and TV Highway 
Type of Development: Two proposed parks in the Rosedale Parks and Butternut Creek developments.
Current Status: Work is continuing on the plan.
Laurie DeVos, City of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department
More Information:
Hillsboro Parks & Recreation project webpage

Oak Island Marsh
Location: Within Jackson Bottom Wetland Preserve
Type of Development: Restoration of 270-acres of degraded habitat and abandoned fields will be restored into a self-sustaining floodplain ecosystem.
Current Status: Restoration began in summer 2017 and continues. The restoration of Oak Island Marsh will take multiple years but will produce a beautiful wetland that people can enjoy for years to come.
Contact: Laura Trunk, City of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department
More InformationJackson Bottom Wetland Preserve Restoration and Mitigation webpage


Historic McDonald House
Exterior Front of the McDonald House Location:
  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 next.
Contact:  Maria Devila Bores, 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.
Contact: Dave Miletich, City of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department
More Information: Hillsboro Parks & Recreation project webpage

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