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 4/7/17

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 late 2017 or early 2018.
Gregg Snyder, City of Hillsboro Planning Department
More Information: www.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% higher than the City-wide average wage and 204% 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: 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 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 in the process of preparing development goals for the site, renamed Block 67. It is anticipated that the City will seek private developer(s) to partner with to bring a new mixed use project to the 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: 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 banners, pedestrian and parking signs, and info kiosks is underway and anticipated to be completed in 2017. 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:

NW 253rd Avenue Improvement Project

Location: North Hillsboro
Description: Improvements to the existing interchange between Highway 26, NW Brookwood Parkway, and Helvetia Road have recently been constructed 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. This intersection will be closed early in 2017.  The residents who currently use Meek Road will need a new route in and out of their neighborhood. The City has constructed and extended NW 253rd Avenue (to be renamed NE 41st Avenue) from Evergreen Road to Meek Road to provide this new access. The new road will also improve access for future development of the area.
Current Status: Construction completed in fall 2016
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: The City of Hillsboro and the 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 mid-Willamette River at Wilsonville, a water treatment plant, storage tanks, and more than 30 miles of large-diameter transmission pipeline traveling north from Wilsonville, through Beaverton, and into Hillsboro.
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. Kennedy Jenks engineers were selected as the design consultant for the South Hillsboro area pipeline route. Construction on this portion of the pipeline has begun along the extension of Cornelius Pass Road through Reed’s Crossing. Staff has utilized wetland delineations and gathered other information in order to develop permit applications. Permit applications were submitted in April 2017 to Federal and State agencies. Authorizations will include any environmental mitigation measures needed to ensure that the new water system complies with federal and state laws.
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: 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:

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: The master plan kick off is Wednesday, April 12 from 6 - 8 pm at the Rosedale Elementary School Cafeteria, 3901 SE 67th Avenue.
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 begins in the early summer 2017 and continues through fall. the fist step is site prep which includes certified crews removing and treating invasive species, then heavy equipment will begin doing minor working within the wetland. 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 later this year.
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. 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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