Community Conversations about City Campus Redevelopment Begin
(January 22, 2021)
“This is an important step forward for Tigard. Our community is growing, and our existing facilities are expensive to maintain because they are reaching end of useful life, they are significantly undersized, and seismically unsafe,” Tigard Mayor Jason Snider. “Rather than delaying longer to solve this problem, we think we’ve found a way to solve two problems at once. We can save our residents money and provide badly needed housing for people of all incomes.”
Shaping the Future of Tigard
Tigard is growing and our city facilities are aging, undersized and need very expensive repairs and system replacements. To meet the needs of our community now and into the future, we’re considering consolidating city services in two new buildings that will save Tigard residents money over time, improve the safety of our facilities, add affordable housing, and support a vibrant downtown core.
How could this serve the community?
- Adding a new community room in city hall.
- Providing additional parking for downtown visitors with a new parking structure.
- Creating new tax revenues from potential downtown development.
- Maintaining safe city structures and access to essential services in the event of an earthquake.
- Improving the security, training and operations space for Tigard Police Department, leading to continued improvements in emergency response and safety.
Why is this project necessary?
City buildings need expensive, extensive repairs.
Maintenance backlog: $14 million by 2026. Another $19 million is required to bring the city’s four buildings up to current seismic standards.
Existing city buildings do not serve Tigard’s current and future needs.
Since city hall was constructed in mid-1980s, Tigard’s population has more than doubled. The police building was designed in the mid-1980s for 31 staff.
Building two new facilities is more cost effective than repairing and upgrading our current buildings.
It is estimated the savings to Tigard over 20 years is about $33 million.
New Possibilities for Tigard
We have the opportunity to reimagine the city’s facilities to support Tigard’s vision for a more walkable, healthy, and inclusive downtown.
- Existing city properties could be redeveloped into about 500 new apartments including affordable homes for 150 households.
- New housing would promote downtown development, which could lead to more shopping, dining, and increase walkability.
- The new city hall would connect with exciting changes taking shape downtown – from the newly revitalized Main Street to the long-awaited community gathering place at Universal Plaza.
The city is listening to community voices to plan a solution that works for Tigard! Please contact us at CFCproject@tigard-or.gov if you would like to schedule a briefing for your organization.
- Mar. 18, Tigard Library Board
Prior 2021 briefings:
- Jan. 4, Tigard Planning Commission
- Jan. 6, Tigard Transportation Advisory Committee
- Jan. 19, Tigard City Council
- Jan. 25, Youth Advisory Council
- Feb. 2, Tigard Community Roundtable
- Feb. 8, Park and Recreation Advisory Board
- Resiliency: We want to plan for the unexpected and to be there for our residents when it matters—new facilities that meet seismic standards will allow us to continue operations after a major earthquake.
- Cost: If we don’t take action soon, we would need to continue to pay for expensive repairs and renting additional facility space. Construction costs will also continue to go up—likely by seven percent each year. And if we replace the facilities by 2025, we can do it without raising property tax rates.