Platform Realty is sending out a call to action to all residents and interested parties to come give input on what is going to happen to the Hanks property in downtown Hillsboro. This will forever change the area. Will downtown Hillsboro become the most expensive section of town with rentals in the $2,000 to $3,000 dollars a month range? Or will the new density bring a chance for everyone to live? We are advocating density at a high enough to house people affordably and offer support for our downtown businesses. This is a BIG DEAL as this is your Tax Money being used to buy and develop real estate. Join us at the meeting and let your voice be heard!
Community Invited to Open House for “Block 67” – Former Site of the Hank’s Thriftway Store
The City of Hillsboro has announced a new name, Block 67, for the large city block to be redeveloped between 6th and 7th avenues, and between Baseline and Washington streets in Downtown Hillsboro. Block 67 was formerly home to the Hank’s Thriftway grocery store until it closed in June 2015.
The name Block 67 refers to the property’s location between 6th and 7th avenues. The City of Hillsboro purchased the Block 67 property in December for $4.8 million with the intent to redevelop the site to support the goals of Hillsboro’s Downtown Framework Plan and the Downtown Urban Renewal Plan.
As part of community engagement in the redevelopment process, community members are invited to take part in an open house on Tuesday, March 14, from 5:30 to 7 pm at the Walters Cultural Arts Center at 527 East Main Street in Downtown Hillsboro. The City has also launched a webpage dedicated to Block 67 information at Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/Block67.
The open house will include a brief presentation at 6 pm on the goals for Downtown Hillsboro’s future, followed by an interactive opportunity for attendees to share input on Block 67’s potential.
The purpose of City acquisition is to stimulate private investment, particularly in a new, mixed-used project that has the potential to create housing and commercial activity, and catalyze further development.
Making Downtown Hillsboro a more vibrant, livable place has been a top community priority for years. Now, the redevelopment of the block will help further meet the community’s goals for Downtown Hillsboro, as well as enhance the connection between Hillsboro’s Health and Education District and the historic Downtown.
As previously announced, demolition on the existing building is slated to begin in late February or early March in order to complete an environmental assessment of the area underneath the structure. As part of the purchase agreement, the City faces a September 1, 2017, deadline to complete the assessment and any clean-up required for the redevelopment of the site.
Ahead of the building’s razing, Hillsboro’s fire and police departments are using the former Hank’s Thriftway building in Downtown Hillsboro for training purposes over the next few weeks.
About the City of Hillsboro: As Oregon’s fifth-largest city, with 99,340 people, Hillsboro is helping to grow Oregon’s future – from microprocessors to vital industries, centers of commerce and green spaces. Hillsboro is a well-planned, affordable hometown with a strong economic base and one of the state’s most diverse populations. It is the high-tech corridor for the state and home to a broad range of businesses, large and small, including Oregon’s largest employer, Intel. It also has the second-busiest airport in the state and the fifth-largest school district. Learn more atwww.Hillsboro-Oregon.gov.
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