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.
Our City's current projects include:
- Service Enhancement projects that improve the quality of life for Hillsboro residents and enhance visitor experiences.
- Neighborhood Development projects, which not only help our City to grow and progress in strategic ways, but also include the revitalization of existing business, industrial, and neighborhood districts.
- Parks & Recreation projects that create more recreation and cultural opportunities, as well as more natural spaces and playgrounds for our community to enjoy.
- Infrastructure Improvement projects, which work behind the scenes to keep our City traveling and our services running smoothly.
Service Enhancement Projects
Fiber Network Expansion and HiLight ServiceLocation: Citywide
Description: The City of Hillsboro is expanding its fiber network to provide HiLight, affordable high-speed internet and voice services for all Hillsboro residents and businesses. Through the expanded fiber network, we will also connect schools and maximize Smart City opportunities.
Current Status: Estimated completion of the citywide fiber backbone is Spring 2020. Some Hillsboro School District facilities are connecting to the network now. HiLight service for residents and businesses will launch in South Hillsboro in Spring 2020, followed by the Shute Park/Southwest Hillsboro neighborhood.
Contact: HiLight Team
More Information: Fiber Network Expansion Project
Hillsboro WayfindingLocation: Citywide
Description: “You have arrived to an amazing community!” The City is in the process of installing wayfinding signage and information kiosks that reflect the great things that are growing in Hillsboro and help locals and visitors alike navigate our community.
Current Status: Artwork and design have been finalized. Installation of Downtown banners and info kiosks, as well as info kiosks at Tanasbourne, Orenco, and Shute Park, and a welcome gateway at South Hillsboro are complete. Downtown pedestrian directional and parking signs are coming soon. Additional phased installation, including more welcome gateways and Citywide vehicular directional signs, will be based on sign priorities and funding.
Contact: Corinne Weiss, Communications and Marketing Manager
More Information: Wayfinding Project
Neighborhood Development Projects
South HillsboroLocation: Located between SE 209th and SE 67th, and Rosedale Road and TV Highway
Type of Development/Description: The innovative 1,400-acre development will include approximately 8,000 new residences as well as streets, schools, parks and trails, town and village centers, and a multi-modal transportation network.
Current Status: Developers Pahlisch Homes and Newland Communities have begun construction on the three neighborhoods: Rosedale Parks, Reed's Crossing, and Butternut Creek.
Contact: Chris Barry, Planning Department
More Information: South Hillsboro
Witch Hazel Village South Concept PlanLocation: South of Witch Hazel Village, east of River Road, and west of The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club, in unincorporated Washington County
Description: Metro has approved a request for the City to expand the Urban Growth Boundary to include 150 acres designated as Witch Hazel Village South.
Current Status: Currently, the City is waiting on written approval from the Department of Land Conservation and Development for the expansion request. The City plans to begin the comprehensive planning process for the area in 2020.
Contact: Laura Weigel, Planning Department
More Information: Witch Hazel Village South Project
Hillsboro Technology ParkLocation: West of Brookwood Parkway to Sewell Road and North of Evergreen Road to Highway 26
Description: The City is investing in public infrastructure such as streets, utilities, and services, to encourage business growth in the Hillsboro Technology Park which includes 260 acres that are reserved for large lot industrial users (more than 50 acres).
Current Status: An 18-inch water line was installed serving the eastern portion of the Park. A 19-acre site was purchased by the City for utility infrastructure, natural resource mitigation, and the Crescent Park Greenway. A sewer pump station serving the Park is anticipated to be completed in the third quarter of 2020, and plans are underway to extend NE Huffman Street and construct NE 30th Avenue.
Contact: Val Okada, Economic Development Department
More Information: Hillsboro Technology Park
Downtown Hillsboro Revitalization PlanLocation: The larger Downtown area, which includes the Main Street commercial district, Baseline and Oak streets, 10th Avenue, light rail corridors, the southwest industrial area, and portions of nearby residential neighborhoods.
Description: The revitalization of Downtown Hillsboro is a high priority for the City. Downtown is the heart of the Hillsboro community, serving as the primary civic gathering spot in the city.
Current Status: In collaboration with the Hillsboro Downtown Partnership, the City is implementing a business attraction campaign to highlight local entrepreneurs and elevate awareness of Hillsboro’s hip and emerging Downtown scene throughout the Portland Metro area.
Contact: Karla Antonini, Economic Development Department
More Information: Downtown Hillsboro Revitalization Project
Block 67Location: The block between SE 6th and 7th Avenue, south of Washington Street and north of Baseline Street
Description: Block 67 is a catalytic transit-oriented mixed-use project that enhances vibrancy and activity in downtown, and provides a critical link between Downtown Main Street, the Health and Education District, and Baseline/Oak Commercial Corridor.
Current Status: Detailed project design and financial considerations are underway with public engagement sessions coming soon.
Contact: Karla Antonini, Economic Development Department
More information: Block 67
Parks & Recreation Projects
Community Center at 53rdLocation: West side of 53rd Avenue across the road from the 53rd Avenue Community Park
Type of Development: Proposed community center
Current Status: Construction underway
Contact: Dave Miletich, Parks & Recreation Department
More Information: Community Center at 53rd
Synthetic Turf Replacement at 53rd Avenue Sports Complex
Location: 333 NE 53rd Avenue
Transportation System Plan UpdateLocation: Citywide
Description: Revising the master plan for the city’s future transportation infrastructure investments
Current Status: Council will adopt the plan by late 2020.
Contact: Ally Holmqvist or Brad Choi, Planning Department
More Information: Transportation System Plan Update
Jackson School Road ProjectLocation: Jackson School Road between NE Grant Street and NW Evergreen Road, a major north-south link between downtown and Hwy 26
Description: The City will complete various road improvements, including adding sidewalks, a center turn lane, new drainage, planting trees, a roundabout, bicycle lanes, improved street lighting, and undergrounding of utilities.
Current Status: Currently acquiring right-of-way. Construction begins winter of 2019. Estimated completion by winter 2022.
Contact: Public Works Department
More Information: Jackson School Road Project
Willamette Water Supply ProjectLocation: The Willamette River at Wilsonville to the Hillsboro area
Description: The City of Hillsboro and Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) are jointly developing the mid-Willamette River as a future drinking water source. The new system will deliver water to City of Hillsboro and TVWD customers.
Current Status: The Willamette Water Supply Program has divided this project into 10 smaller projects, to be built separately over several years, to allow business and contracting opportunities that benefit the local economy, provide jobs, and support regional economic development. Estimated completion date is 2026.
Contact: Lindsay Wochnick, Water Department
More Information: Hillsboro Water Department; Willamette Water Supply website