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Downtown Revitalization

Projects-Downtown Tigard

Take a walk down Tigard’s Main Street and it may be difficult to remember how it looked just a few years ago. Today, wide sidewalks are flanked with bike racks and benches where one can sit and relax between excursions. New landscaping, LED streetlights and unique public artwork are just a few of the modern amenities that invite people downtown to shop, dine, walk the dog, take care of business or meet up with family and friends.

The transformation didn’t happen overnight and it didn’t happen on its own. The City Center (Downtown) Urban Renewal Plan established this 193-acre area located just east of Pacific Highway between Hall Boulevard and Main Street. In 2006, Tigard voters approved this plan and the funding for downtown revitalization.

This group of business owners, property owners and other stakeholders worked to leverage private and public resources to revitalize downtown, creating a mixed-use destination spot that is very walkable. The walkable element is no accident. Across the country, people are embracing the benefits of living in a walkable community. Tigard has met this challenge with a vision to become the most walkable city in the Pacific Northwest.

While the transformation of Tigard’s downtown remains a work in progress, we want to share what’s been accomplished to date, what’s coming next and invite you to rediscover downtown. Click here to view an interactive map of completed, current and proposed future projects in Downtown Tigard.

Tigard Heritage Trail and Outdoor Museum: 2020

Tigard Heritage Trail and Outdoor Museum Heritage-Trail
This pathway and outdoor museum was completed in 2020, with a new public space (Rotary Plaza) and interpretive artwork installed along the length of the trail, which uses a three-quarter-mile inactive rail corridor. The Outdoor Museum is a unique cultural resource in the City of Tigard. As a gateway into Tigard’s redeveloping downtown, the bike and pedestrian pathway celebrates local heritage and the city’s identity as a “pedestrian boulevard.”

Attwell off Main: 2015-2017

Completed in 2017, Attwell off Main brought over 300 residents to downtown Tigard where walking, biking, and taking transit are convenient. The development supports the Council goal to “Make Downtown Tigard a Place Where People Want to Be” and Tigard’s strategic vision to become the most walkable community in the Pacific Northwest where people of all ages and abilities enjoy healthy and interconnected lives. The public private partnership that built Attwell off Main would not have occurred without urban renewal.Atwell off Main

This new development offers a range of units and rents for young people just entering the job market, families and “downsizing” baby boomers. Attracting new residents to downtown is a goal of urban renewal and the city’s strategic plan. Downtown residents will be able to take advantage of a short walk to Main Street businesses, the Tigard Public Library, the Westside Express Service (WES) commuter rail service and the eleven bus lines that can be caught at the Tigard Transit Center.

Atwell lobbyBackground Details
On April 14, 2015, Tigard’s urban renewal agency the Town Center Development Agency (TCDA), signed a development agreement with developers Capstone Greenlight LLC and DIG Tigard LLC. The developer's proposal called for the construction of 165 market-rate apartments and 1,819 square feet of commercial spaceThrough the agreement, the developer team purchased the agency owned property for its appraised value of $1.65 million. The TCDA invested $1.65 million of the estimated $2.8 million in system development charges (SDC) incurred by the project.

Major Milestone for Tigard
The project advances several long held goals for the downtown and implements objectives of the Tigard Downtown Improvement Plan, the City Center Urban Renewal Plan and the Downtown Connectivity Plan. The development also supports Tigard’s recently adopted strategic vision to become the most walkable community in the Pacific Northwest where people of all ages and abilities enjoy healthy and interconnected lives.

The project also qualifies for a partial 10-year property tax reduction under the state’s Vertical Housing Development (VHDZ) program. The project should generate $7.8 million in property taxes over 20 years, although some of these taxes are expected to be forgone under the VHDZ program.  The remainder of the taxes will be reinvested in additional downtown projects to further revitalize the downtown as long as the urban renewal area is in place. 

Facade Improvement Program: 2009-Present

This program provides matching grants to improve the facades of local businesses. The program leveraged four dollars in private investment for every one dollar of public matching grant funds. The projects have strengthened the businesses and improved Main Street’s position as a walkable commercial district.

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

Learn more about this program and how to apply for matching funds here.

Main Street Green Street Phase II: 2017-21

Phase 1 of the Main Street Green Street project rebuilt the southern half of Main Street in Downtown Tigard, from Pacific Highway/99W to the railroad crossing. Phase 2 of the Main Street Green Street Retrofit will continue the Phase 1 improvements across the railroad tracks north to Scoffins Street. The improvements will include new street lighting, pedestrian crossings, sidewalks, and stormwater planters. Design and engineering is currently scheduled for FY 2019-20, with construction in FY 2020-21.

For more information, please contact Senior Project Engineer Andy Newbury at 503-718-2472.

Main Street Green Street Phase I: 2014

Tigard's Main Street Green Street project has rebuilt the southern half of Main Street in Downtown Tigard, from Pacific Highway/99W to the railroad crossing. Funded through a $2.54 million grant from Metro, the city hired Kodiak Pacific Construction to build the project.  

Specific improvements include:
  • New sidewalks, safer pedestrian crossings
  • Street trees and landscaping
  • Public art
  • Benches
  • Energy-efficient LED streetlights
  • Stormwater treatment planters
  • Replacement of aging water and sewer lines
  • Turn around for motorists at south end of Main Street

Targeted Improvement Program 2012-2014

This program provided matching grants for tenant improvements to attract target business types into vacant spaces. The two businesses awarded matching grants, Symposium Coffee and Jeffrey Allen Home Gallery, have attracted new customers to Main Street.

Burnham Street Public Parking Lot: 2013

The city constructed a 20-stall public parking lot on two city-owned lots on Burnham Street near the corner of Main Street. The $127,000 project was paid for with urban renewal funds.

The added parking will help offset the loss of on-street parking spaces on Main Street after construction of the Main Street Green Street project.

The Knoll at Tigard: 2012

The Knoll at Tigard is a 48 unit, seniors-only (55+), affordable housing project and the first new residential project in the urban renewal district. The 46,000 square-foot, multi-family building was developed by Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH), which is a local nonprofit that builds affordable housing throughout Washington County and southwest Portland. The project includes a community room, library, and outdoor spaces for the residents. Twelve of the units are reserved for veterans.

This project will provide housing for an underserviced senior population and will enhance the neighborhood livability by constructing public improvements including sidewalks.  

"Green Features" List

  • 15,000 gallon, underground cistern will collect rainwater to be used for flushing toilets in the units
  • Living wall at the front entry will have vines for shade in summer, let in more light to the building in winter, and greenery year round can be enjoyed by those inside the building, in the courtyard, and passers-by
  • Many building products utilize materials with recycled content

Burnham Street Improvements: 2011

In 2011, the $7 million reconstruction of Burnham Street was completed. Previously Burnham Street had several sidewalk gaps and the street surface was in poor condition.
The Burnham Street project:

  • Added 10-18 foot sidewalks to encourage strolling
  • Safer pedestrian crosswalks
  • LED streetlights
  • Green streetscape planters that remove pollutants from stormwater
  • Undergrounded utilities
  • On-street parking
  • Center turn lane

Grant Recipient
“My customers regularly comment about how much they like the new Main Street improvements. They also love the upgrades to my storefront, which I did with the help of Tigard’s urban renewal agency.” – Sherrie Devaney, Owner of Sherrie’s Jewelry Box and recipient of a 2012 Façade Improvement Matching Grant

Sherrie JB...after
Sherrie’s Jewelry Box...After

Sherrie JB...before
Sherrie’s Jewelry Box...Before

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