Ground broke recently on a Hillsboro housing development that will officially make the city one of the largest in Oregon! Just like the rest of the region, Hillsboro is in a severe housing shortage. And being home to some incredibly large companies (such as Nike and Intel) the city wanted more space to offer to these employees so they didn’t have to drive, focusing efforts on creating more of a “work, live, play” community.
The development, called South Hillsboro, borders TV highway and will offer space for 8,000 new homes, housing an expected 20,000 people. Designs include a mile-long greenspace, 15 miles of trails, 286 acres of parks and clusters of all housing types. Homes will range from affordable to upscale duplexes, townhomes, apartments and single family homes. Community amenities will also be offered such as a recreation center and swimming pool. The project will also mean an expansion of transit lines and bike lanes within the area.
The land, encompassing 1,400 acres, was originally dedicated to agriculture. Hillsboro bought the property over 10 years ago to start the project but was unfortunately stalled; due to the recession the city couldn’t financially build the needed infrastructure (roads, waterlines and new schools) to support the influx of housing. Now that the economy has improved Hillsboro has started back up on the project and once the infrastructure is in place, the city will sell the land to builders.
Overall, the project has about a 20 year timeline, and the city plans to focus on only one neighborhood at a time. The first new homes will go up for sale in the Reeds Crossing neighborhood in 2018.