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Open house to present visioning plans for Creekside District project

Posters to reveal proposals to revitalize 50-acre swath of downtown Beaverton


by: CONTRIBUTED GRAPHIC - This artist rendering shows a possible scenario for the projects being planned as part of the Creekside District revitalization in a 50-acre swath of downtown Beaverton property near The Round at Beaverton Central.City of Beaverton planners working on the Beaverton Creekside District will unveil the project's future as imagined by residents and local business leaders at an open house on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the Beaverton City Library, 12375 S.W. Fifth St.

Doors for the open house will open at 6:30 p.m., with the presentation beginning at 6:45 p.m. Presenters will include John Fregonese of Fregonese Associates and the district project team, which will be on hand at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the project's vision and components. The presentation will include instant polling and a question-and-answer session.

This event is intended to summarize challenges with the project and engage the community to help shape the next steps in moving the revitalization project forward. The district encompasses a nearly 50-acre section of downtown Beaverton between Cedar Hills Boulevard, Hall Boulevard and Canyon Road at the confluence of Wessenger, Hall and Beaverton creeks and at the core of the regional transit systems.

With the help of the Housing and Urban Development Sustainable Communities Challenge Grant, the Creekside District project is viewed as a key to enable the city and its partners to create an economically vital and vibrant downtown area, one that includes new places to live and work, a cleaner and healthier creek system and improved ways to get around on foot, bike and vehicle, said Robert McCracken, a senior planner with the city.

The investment in urban revitalization in the Creekside District will create new connections for the Beaverton downtown with the jobs-rich areas of Washington County and Portland, and is expected be the new home of Beaverton City Hall at The Round by summer 2014. Project posters on display will include design concepts for downtown creeks, open space, paths and gathering spaces.

Copies of the public review draft of the Creekside Vision will also be available, and light refreshments will be served.

“The Creekside District is one of the most promising new endeavors that our city is undertaking right now,” said Mayor Denny Doyle. “It offers up real, measurable potential in helping us spur on the local economy by attracting visitors, employees and employers, while creating the vibrant downtown that residents have called for.”

For more information, contact McCracken at 503-526-2557 or email rmccracken@beavertonoregon.gov.

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