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Hillsboro urban renewal area moves forward

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High Five
Friday, September 17, 2010

Hillsboro's economic development department is moving forward with a new urban renewal area before money for the project is ready.

The city plans to offer up two lots it already owns in the area to developers for a public-private partnership, and is especially pushing for a brewpub to move in.

“There has been lots of ongoing, long-range planning efforts and lots of industrial-type development taking place here, which is great,” said Daniel Christensen, a spokesman for the city’s economic development department. “But we’ve focused so much of our planning efforts on downtown recently (that) we have wind in our sails and want some projects to show for it.”

The city is open to any ideas, so it decided to issue a Request for Qualifications for development firms with proposals for a 26,228-square-foot surface parking lot at Southeast Second Avenue and Washington Street, and a 48,414-square-foot former Wells Fargo bank site at Southeast Fourth Avenue and Main Street.

Read more at the Daily Journal of Commerce.

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