Construction plans and specifications completed by Wallis Engineering.
May 2017: City issued notice to proceed to Wallis Engineering.
April 2017: City of Tigard negotiated the project scope and fee with consultant Wallis Engineering.
March 2017: City staff ranked consultant proposals and selected Wallis Engineering to complete the design work and provide construction administration.
March 2017: Six firms submitted proposals to complete the final design of the first phase of the EDA-funded Hunziker Infrastructure Project. Proposals are under review by city staff.
February 2017: The City of Tigard secured funding to build a new street, connecting Hunziker Street to 72nd Avenue via Tech Center Drive, based upon $1.7 million in funding. The regional Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT) coordinated through METRO approved $1.7M in funding for the second phase of the City of Tigard’s Hunziker Infrastructure Project.
“Tigard is investing in infrastructure that supports development and ultimately job growth,” said Tigard Mayor John Cook. “This funding proves the regional significance of these investments and Tigard’s businesses.”
Combined, phase one and phase two of the Hunziker Infrastructure Project are expected to cost more than $8 million. It unlocks the development potential of at least 40 acres and completes a road connection for freight and commercial vehicles to route around the overloaded Hunziker/72nd Avenue and Hwy 217 intersections just south of the Tigard Triangle.
“Building new road connections in industrial areas of Tigard improves the economy and furthers the city’s vision to become more connected, healthy and walkable,” said Kenny Asher, Director of Community Development at the City of Tigard.
The first phase of the project is funded in part through State of Oregon via Lottery Bonds, US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration funding, developer’s contributions and the City of Tigard. The addition of $1.7 million in funding for the final phase of the project comes from a regional flexible funds (RFFA) allocation for freight projects. Region-wide only $7.3M was available for projects like this from this funding source.
“The City of Tigard is extremely grateful to Senator Merkley and Representative Bonamici for supporting our EDA grant request. Their offices have been engaged in this project for nearly two years helping the city navigate the federal process and ultimately bring this federal investment to Tigard,” said Mayor Cook. “The EDA grant will help stimulate investment, economic growth and job creation in our community.”
September 2016: According to Congresswoman Bonamici and Congressman Merkley, the U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded the City of Tigard $2 million to help fund the Hunziker Infrastructure Project. Federal funding will be paired with State of Oregon funding and a developer’s contribution to build a public road from Hunziker Street to the heavy rail tracks and eventually to Tech Center Drive. Federal funding comes from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Agency’s Public Works and Economic Development Assistance fund. Funding like this is used in projects across the county. The city can now begin the process of final design and construction.
August 2016: The City of Tigard applied for a Metro RFFA-Freight grant to help fund a complete road connection from Hunziker Road to Tech Center Drive and 72nd Avenue. This project completes a road connection for freight and commercial vehicles to route around the overloaded Hunziker Road /72nd Avenue and HWY 217 intersections in Tigard. This is the main surface road connection to Hwy-217 and I-5 for the Tigard Triangle to the north and Oregon Business Park to the south. The Hunziker Industrial Core and 72nd Avenue Industrial Corridor are home to more than 300 freight depended manufacturers, warehousing, and distribution facilities and commercial businesses serving regional and national clients.
This investment also supports new development by unlocking access to more than 40 undeveloped acres of industrial/commercial property in the Hunziker Industrial Core. Use of this undeveloped industrial area reduces pressure on the urban growth boundary, ensuring existing, but currently empty, industrial sites in can be used for industrial activities without the current limits imposed by an incomplete and undersized road network. Developer Trammell Crow is proposing a 2017 development of about 225,000 SF in multi-tenant commercial facilities in this investment area.
Notification of the RFFA grant award for this connective segment of road is expected in early 2017.
June 2016: The City of Tigard updated its grant request to the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Agency seeking $2.2 in federal matching funds. The proposal has been through two rounds of grant review, an EDA staff review and a review by the EDA Seattle Office Funding Committee. The city expects to hear whether or not this federal funding is available sometime in late July.
A nationally recognized developer, Trammell Crow, is interested in developing 18 acres of industrial zoned property adjacent to this public infrastructure. If this project moves forward as a public/private partnership, Trammell Crow would be responsible for covering the cost of street frontage improvements adjacent to the sites they develop.
April 2016: Engineering consultancy MSA completed 30% Design for the Hunziker Infrastructure Project. Total construction costs are estimated to be $7 million to convert Wall Street (currently a two lane private drive) into a fully functioning public street with full utilities.
January 2016: The city submitted a $3 million request to the US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Agency’s Public Works and Economic Development Assistance program. This request for funding would be matched against state and local funding to support more than $8 million in infrastructure improvements in Tigard’s Hunziker Commercial/Industrial Core.
December 2015: The Economic Development Agency approved the first of a two-phase grant application encouraging the city to move forward with a funding request seeking Federal funds to cover some of the cost of public access, transportation, sewer, and water service that will catalyze private investment, development and increased employment in 138 acres of Tigard's Hunziker Industrial Core.