Projects & Area Map

Urban Renewal Plan Area and Projects

The Central Beaverton Urban Renewal Area encompasses 997 acres, representing about 8% of the total land area in the City of Beaverton.

Urban Renewal District Divided into Four Sub-Areas

The area includes the transit oriented area, historic Old Town, the central Beaverton office and commercial area, and the employment area east of Highway 217. The area includes three MAX stations and a WES commuter rail station.

The Transit Oriented Area

is poised to serve as a major component of Beaverton’s downtown. More activities in the Creekside District, including the completion of projects at Westgate, will be vital to spurring redevelopment in the area. However, a series of nurturing activities will also need to occur over time for this sub-area to reach its full potential.

Proposed projects and programs include:

  • Street, sidewalk and parking improvements
  • New open space and flood mitigation in creekside areas
  • Community identity improvements including gateways and directional signage
  • Development incentives to encourage transit oriented development housing and commercial developments in this area
  • Intersection improvements and adaptive signals to improve traffic flow

The Commercial Office and Retail Area

is projected to stay much the same over the next five years. With large commercial centers already in place, the area will likely continue as a typical commercial, shopping and office area; however, there is the potential for major private investment in this area.

Proposed projects and programs include:

  • Willing seller/willing buyer land acquisition program to assemble parcels for parking structures and new developments
  • Street, sidewalks, and parking improvements 
  • Community identity improvements including gateways and directional signage
  • New road connections to promote development on key sites and provide alternate routes to reduce congestion
  • Develop incentives and technical assistance
  • Intersection improvements and adaptive signals to reduce traffic congestion

Old Town.

During the next few years, Beaverton’s Old Town will be the highest priority for urban renewal investments in order to capitalize on a wealth of community assets and increasing developer interest. Old Town contains a wide range of building types of diverse ages. The Old Town Area has buildings that date from the early 20th Century, while most of the shopping centers and office parks were constructed in the 1980's. BURA will focus on leveraging private investment through projects that enhance the public realm. This includes a focus on the city’s Storefront and Tenant Improvement programs, which are well utilized by the local business community.

Proposed projects and programs include:

  • Street, sidewalks, and parking improvements
  • Development incentives
  • Community identity improvements including gateways and directional signage
  • Storefront and tenant improvements programs
  • Historic preservation programs and incentives

The Employment Area

is characterized by warehousing low density office and flex space. It has been fairly successful as most of the buildings are fully occupied, although there are some vacant or under-utilized parcels. A master planning effort is underway for this area to better determine its long-term direction and maximize employment opportunities.

Proposed projects and programs include:

  • Improved streets and utility upgrades
  • Willing seller/willing buyer land acquisition program to assemble parcels of a usable size
  • Creek flood mitigation projects
  • Employment district strategy that identifies infrastructure, parking, and circulation needs for this area
  • Incentives to increase density of jobs

Why was this area selected?

This area's selection was based on the outcomes of recent planning efforts within Beaverton including the Beaverton Community Vision, Civic Plan, Comprehensive Plan, and Economic Opportunity Analysis; In addition, conditions in the district meet the definition of blight as contained in the following provisions of the Oregon Urban Renewal ORS Chapter 457:
  • Structures that are obsolete for temporary, commercial, mixed- use, and industrial uses due to inadequate interior arrangement or size;
  • Platted properties and lots that prevent the use or redevelopment in accordance with local land use policies;
  • Inadequate streets and other rights of way, open spaces and utilities;
  • An economic dislocation, deterioration or disuse of property resulting from faulty planning;
  • Properties subject to inundation by water.

How would the $150 million in urban renewal funds be spent?

The urban renewal plan sets a maximum indebtedness of $150 million that may be issued or incurred over a 30-year period to fulfill plan goals. Figure 2 displays the percentage breakdown of the types of projects that will receive urban renewal funds during the life cycle of the urban renewal area.

Share of BURA Tax Increment by Project Type - 30 years

Project Type Percentage
Transportation & Infrastructure Improvements 48%
Joint Investment Program 33%
Debt Service and Oversight 8%
Incentive Programs 7%
Community Identity Building 4%

Infrastructure & Transportation Improvements
48% of funds  ($72 million)

  • Transportation Connectivity and Safety Improvements
  • Sidewalk Improvements in Old Town
  • Parking Structures
  • Utility Upgrades
Public works crew paving Beaverton sidewalk

Joint Investment Programs
33% of funds ($49.5 million)

  • Financial and Technical Assistance for Housing and Commercial Developments
  • Increase Capacity for Jobs
  • Willing Seller/Willing Buyer Land Acquisition Program

Business IncentiveBusiness Incentive Programs 7% of funds ($10.5 million

  • Storefront Improvement Grants
  • Tenant Improvement Programs
  • Predevelopment Assistance
Beaverton apartment complex
City of Beaverton directional signs