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City Center (Downtown) Urban Renewal

The Downtown Urban Renewal Plan was approved by voters in 2006. Funding for projects was limited by the Great Recession. The proposed area expansion will fund more projects from the original plan. The expansion includes the addition of seven new tax lots.

Proposed Substantial AmendmentAmendment Map
Implementation of the City Center (Downtown) Urban Renewal Plan was approved by voters in 2006. Funding for urban renewal projects was limited by the Great Recession. The proposed area expansion includes the addition of seven new tax lots (37.74 acres). The existing Tigard City Center Area is 191.22 acres in size. If the amendment is approved, the total area (shown in the figure) will be 228.96 acres, including 43.36 acres of right of way. State law ORS 457.220(3) limits increases to the size of an urban renewal district to 20% of a district's original size.

The proposed amendment will help the agency fund more of the projects identified in the City Center (Downtown) Urban Renewal Plan, without increasing the plan duration or adding to the voter approved maximum indebtedness of $22 million.


DOWNLOAD:
» City Center Urban Renewal Plan Substantial Amendment (shows changes in plan) 
» Draft Report Accompanying City Center Urban Renewal Plan Substantial Amendment
» Current City Center Urban Renewal Plan

The process for final review of the amendment includes:
» May 16, 2017: Tigard voters would consider the amendment in the May 2017 election

Current Projects

View current urban renewal projects that are underway including the Burnham/Ash mixed-use development and Main St at Fanno Development. View an interactive map of current projects funded or inspired by urban renewal.

Project History

View urban renewal projects that have been completed or are underway that have helped revitalize Downtown Tigard. View an interactive map of current projects funded or inspired by urban renewal.

CITY CENTER (DOWNTOWN) URBAN RENEWAL PLAN

Urban Renewal Map The City Center (Downtown) Urban Renewal Plan established the 193-acre Urban Renewal Area.  In 2006, Tigard voters approved the plan and authorized tax increment financing. The plan created the tools and funding for downtown revitalization. The Urban Renewal Plan has a maximum indebtedness of $22 million.

These are the goals of the City Center (Downtown) Urban Renewal Plan:

Goal 1: Revitalization of the downtown should recognize the value of natural resources as amenities and as contributing to the special sense of place.

Goal 2: Capitalize on commuter rail and Fanno Creek as catalysts for future investment and development.

Goal 3: Downtown’s transportation system should be multi-modal, connecting people, places and activities safely and conveniently.

Goal 4: Downtown’s streetscape and public spaces should be pedestrian-friendly and not visually dominated by the automobile.

Goal 5: Promote high quality development of retail, office and residential uses that support and are supported by public streetscape, transportation, recreation and open space investments.

Tax increment revenues generated in the urban renewal district will be used to support investments to attract private investment and facilitate the area's redevelopment. Urban renewal projects and programs include the Tigard Downtown Improvement Plan catalyst projects and other public infrastructure as well as technical assistance programs such as a façade improvement program, rehabilitation/redevelopment incentives, and loan programs.

Organizational Structure
The urban renewal plan is implemented by the City Center Development Agency. The Mayor and members of the Tigard City Council serve as the board of the Agency. The board is advised on policy, budget, and implementation of urban renewal projects by the nine member City Center Advisory Commission.
 
Read the City Center Urban Renewal Plan and Accompanying Report.   

Urban Renewal Matching Funds Available

Downtown Property Upgrades
Urban Renewal Matching Funds Available 
The City Center Development Agency has reauthorized the popular Urban Renewal Improvement Programs Opportunity Fund for 2017. This fund provides matching grants for existing businesses in the Urban Renewal District to make improvements to the exterior of their business. New catalyst businesses moving into vacant spaces in Downtown are also eligible for funding to make interior upgrades.

This program has previously supported renovation projects at Max’s Fanno Creek Brew Pub, Café Allegro, Under Water Works, Sherrie’s Jewelry Box, Symposium Coffee, Jeffrey Allen Gallery, and many others. View an interactive map of current projects funded or inspired by urban renewal.


Matching grant funds are available this fiscal year and will support four distinct but related programs (detailed below). 

  • Click here for a Matching Grant application for the Façade Improvement, Strolling Street, or Skyline Improvement Program
     
  • Click here for a Matching Grant application for the Targeted Improvement Program

The application period for Urban Renewal Matching Funds closes on April 5, 2017.

The Façade Improvement Program

Whether you are interested in simply painting your building’s façade or completely redesigning your storefront, the Façade Improvement Program can help. This program provides up to a 50% funding match for improvements to the frontage (paint, signage, lighting, cornices, canopies and awnings) of commercial buildings.

Eligible Participants

Commercial property owners and business lessees of property within the Urban Renewal District.

Ineligible Participants

National franchises, government offices and agencies, residential properties

Eligible Work

Rehabilitation of building facades visible to the street, including storefronts, cornices, gutters and downspouts, signs and graphics, exterior lighting, canopies and awnings painting and masonry cleaning, interior window display lighting, permit and design fees.

Ineligible Work

Maintenance improvements; roofs; structural foundations; billboards; security systems; non-permanent fixtures; interior window coverings; vinyl awnings; personal property and equipment; security bars; razor / barbed wire fencing.

Requirements

Project must meet Downtown Design Standards

Example Projects

Sherrie's Jewelry Box; Tigard Liquor Store; Café Allegro; Symposium Coffee; Max's Fanno Creek Brew Pub; Tigard Main Street Cleaners; Main Street Stamp & Stationery; Under Water Works; 12562 SW Main Street

Application for Matching Grant

Download

 

The STROLLING STREET PROGRAM

The landscape around your business is an extension of your interior that can attract new customers and / or extend your seating and display areas. This program provides up to a 50% funding match for improvements to the landscape (paving, plants, trees, lighting, benches, signage) between the building and the public right-of-way.

Eligible Participants

Commercial property owners and business lessees of property within the Urban Renewal District.

Ineligible Participants

National franchises, government offices and agencies, residential properties

Eligible Work

Paving, planters, landscape elements, trees, shrubs, lighting, benches, signage, permit and design fees.

Ineligible Work

Landscape maintenance.

Requirements

Project must meet Downtown Design Standards and grantee must sign a maintenance agreement.

Example Projects

12430-12442 SW Main Street; Tigard Chiropractic

Application for Matching Grant

Download

 

The skyline improvement Program

The Skyline Improvement Program provides up to a 50% funding match to improve the appearance of roofs that are visible from 99W. Potential projects could include rooftop gardens, rooftop seating areas, or screening of rooftop equipment.

Eligible Participants

Commercial property owners and business lessees of property within the Urban Renewal District.

Ineligible Participants

National franchises, government offices and agencies, residential properties

Eligible Work

Rooftop equipment screening, art.

Ineligible Work

Maintenance improvements.

Requirements

Project must meet Downtown Design Standards

Application for Matching Grant

Download

 

The targeted improvement program

The Targeted Improvement Program is the only program that provides funding for commercial interiors. This program provides up to a 50% funding match for interior tenant improvements for new restaurants, cafes, bakeries, or similar businesses with the capacity to attract new customers and foot traffic to Downtown that move into currently vacant commercial spaces.

Eligible Participants

Businesses with an intent to lease a currently vacant property within the Urban Renewal District.

Ineligible Participants

National franchises, government offices and agencies, residential properties.

Eligible Work

Demolition and shell reconstruction, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical improvements, safety improvements including seismic upgrades and fire-supression systems, interior finishes including flooring, painting, and built-in casework, historic restoration, hazardous materials abatement, ADA compliance.

Ineligible Work

Exterior work, removable fixtures, appliances, any non-permanent upgrades or adaptations.

Requirements

Letter of intent to lease or an intent to purchase agreement for applicant building.

Example Projects

Symposium Coffee, Jeffrey Allen Gallery

Application for Matching Grant

Download

 

Project Selection Criteria
Matching grant applications will be reviewed for eligibility and funding and by the Urban Renewal Improvement Programs Committee. The following factors will be considered in selecting a project for funding:

  • The potential for positive impact on walkability (or the view from Pacific Highway).
  • The potential for the project to improve the Downtown as a business district.
  • Maximizing private investment (ratio of public funds to private funds).

Projects must receive all necessary city permits and be in compliance with all applicable zoning and building codes.

For more information, contact Sean Farrelly at sean@tigard-or.gov or 503-718-2420.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I consider upgrades to my business?
Upgrading your business can be a great way to engage with new customers and reconnect with old ones. Studies have shown that improvements to the exterior of commercial buildings have led to increased sales that began immediately and were sustained over several years. These improvements have been shown to attract new customers not only to the improved business, but to the surrounding area as well.

How does funding work?
This program provides a match of up to 50% for qualifying improvements. Once accepted into the program, businesses will contract with a design firm of their choice to provide them with a range of options and budgets, and seek bids from contractors licensed to do the proposed work. For projects over $5000, three separate bids will be required and the city will reimburse the business 50% based on the lowest bid. Projects may be reimbursed at less than 50% of total cost depending on budget, although this information will be available before construction starts. Once project work is complete and city staff have approved the project, payment will be approved.

Contact
Sean Farrelly
Redevelopment Project Manager

503-718-2420
sean@tigard-or.gov

Upcoming Public Vote:
May 2017 

City Council approved the City Center Urban Renewal Plan Substantial Amendment on December 13, 2016. This plan will not become effective unless approved by voters.

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City Center Urban Renewal Plan Substantial Amendment 
(Shows Changes in Plan) 

City Center Urban Renewal Plan Substantial Amendment 
(Accompanying Report)

Current City Center Urban Renewal Plan 
(Approved by Voters in 2006)

 

 Downtown Tigard brochure

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