City Center (Downtown) Urban Renewal Area
Approved by Voters:
20 years (FY 2025-2026)
Maximum Project Funding Amount (Indebtedness):
The City Center (Downtown) Urban Renewal Plan has five distinct goals:
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.
Current and Proposed Projects
Urban Renewal Matching Grant Program
The Urban Renewal Matching Grant Program provides matching grants for existing businesses and property owners in the City Center Urban Renewal District to make improvements to the exterior of their building. The program also funds interior improvements for restaurants or similar businesses that move into vacant commercial spaces. This program has previously supported renovations to projects at Max’s Fanno Creek Brew Pub, Tigard Taphouse, Symposium Coffee, Jeffrey Allen Gallery, and many others. Grant-funded projects have strengthened participating businesses and improved Main Street’s position as a walkable commercial district. More information.
Main Street at Fanno Creek Development
The Town Center Development Agency (TCDA) is actively engaged in redeveloping this key site where Main Street meets Fanno Creek. The TCDA purchased the property and then used $400,000 in grant funding from the U.S. EPA Brownfield Cleanup program to mitigate contaminants found on the property and prep the site for redevelopment. Cleanup has been completed and the TCDA is working with a developer on a mixed-use building that will bring added vitality to Downtown.
Tigard Street Heritage Trail & Rotary Plaza
The Tigard Street Heritage Trail will provide a safe off-street biking, walking and skating commuter route along a three-quarter-mile inactive railroad right-of-way parallel to Tigard Street. The trail will include lighting, landscaping, trail amenities and art/cultural components. Once completed, the Tigard Street Heritage Trail will be a unique cultural resource and a pedestrian friendly corridor that will connect the community to downtown Tigard. The project also features an urban renewal funded public space- Rotary Plaza that will be used for community events.
Preliminary design work has started on Downtown Tigard’s Universal Plaza, proposed to be built on Burnham Street adjacent to Fanno Creek Park. Conceptual plans feature a splash pad, tree canopy maze, artwork and tool sharing pavilion. Final design and engineering may be completed in the next two years.
View an interactive map of projects funded or inspired by urban renewal.
Accomplishments to Date
of private investment into property improvements and new construction in the City Center URA since 2006. Triple the amount of investment in the 12 years preceding urban renewal. Data Source: Washington County
leverage ratio of private to public investment into urban renewal tenant and storefront improvements, meaning every $1 in grant funding has yielded $3 in private investment. Data Source: City of Tigard
downtown businesses have received urban renewal matching grants for interior or exterior building improvements. Data Source: City of Tigard
new units of multifamily housing units constructed in downtown Tigard since urban renewal was approved in 2006. Data Source: Metro
increase in multifamily housing in downtown Tigard since 2006, compared to a 9% increase in the rest of Tigard. Data Source: Metro
increase in assessed value in the City Center URA between 2006–2016, compared to a 45% increase in assessed value citywide. Data Source: Washington County
Approved by Voters: 2017
Area Size: 548 acres
Plan Duration: 35 years (FY 2052-53)
Maximum Project Funding Amount (Indebtedness): $188 million
The Tigard Triangle Urban Renewal Plan has five distinct goals:
GOAL 1: Encourage meaningful involvement by citizens, interested parties, and affected agencies throughout the life of the urban renewal district to ensure that it reflects the community’s values and priorities.
GOAL 2: Provide a safe and effective multimodal transportation network that provides access to, from, and within the Area and supports mixed-use and pedestrian-oriented development.
GOAL 3: Provide public utility improvements to support desired development.
GOAL 4: Create a clear identity for the Area as a fun and diverse place to live, work, shop, eat, and play by building upon existing unique and desirable features.
GOAL 5: Provide financial and technical assistance to new and existing businesses and housing developments that contribute to the Area’s diversity and vitality and help it transform into a mixed-use and pedestrian-oriented district.
Current & Proposed Projects
A New Tigard Triangle: Planning for Equitable Development
The City is working to transform the Tigard Triangle into a vibrant area where people of all ages, abilities and incomes can live and work within walking distance to shops, restaurants and parks.
Equitable development is a positive development strategy that ensures everyone participates in and benefits from the area’s economic transformation by dismantling barriers and expanding opportunities. The Tigard Triangle Urban Renewal Equitable Implementation Strategy will ensure that projects deliver on the vision of equitable development and advance the broader change needed to link residents to economic and neighborhood opportunities.
Development Assistance for Affordable Housing
A new affordable housing development on SW 68th parkway is the first project to receive urban renewal in the Tigard Triangle, adding 48 units of affordable housing. The development assistance helped close the funding gap in the project.
The Tigard Triangle (roughly the area bordered by I-5, Highway 217 and Highway 99W) is an area with great potential but also lacks basic infrastructure like sewers, sidewalks, roads and parks. The Tigard Triangle Urban Renewal Plan includes projects that will help achieve improved walkability, address transportation issues, and help businesses grow.
Projects could include:
- New streets and sidewalks
- New trails and parks
- Major sewer line repairs
- Red Rock Creek restoration
- Stormwater management
- Intersection improvements
- Façade improvement grants/loans
- Small business support
We are seeking feedback from the community to help develop a plan for strategy for growth and investments that will support future uses. The outcome will be a strategy that guides how the area develops and grows for the next 35 years.
Applications for matching grant funding are now being accepted for FY 2019-2020 on a rolling basis. See below for more information.
The Urban Renewal Matching Grant Program provides matching grants for existing businesses in the City Center (Downtown) Urban Renewal Area 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, Under Water Works, Sherrie’s Jewelry Box, Symposium Coffee, Jeffrey Allen Gallery, and many others. Click here for an interactive map of projects funded by this program.
Matching grant funds support two distinct but related programs: The Exterior Improvement Program and the Interior Improvement Program.
See details about eligibility and requirements (en español).
For more information, contact Dylan Dekay-Bemis
, Economic Development Coordinator at 503-718-2560.