Like David Hill, who traveled the Oregon Trail and settled in what is now Hillsboro in 1841, Pat Joyaux, 77, is a pioneer.

But instead of putting down a land claim for 640 acres, she just put down the first deposit to rent an apartment at the new 4th Main development in downtown Hillsboro.

The 4th Main apartments are a big step toward a downtown renaissance.

When completed, the four-story complex at the corner of 4th Avenue and Main Street in Hillsboro’s downtown business district will have 71 apartments renting to about 125 residents. The projected move-in date is March 22, 2014.

Joyaux will be living by herself in a two-bedroom apartment she has already selected for $1,399 per month, which includes water, garbage, sewer and secure underground parking for her car.

The complex will include 3,859 square feet of ground floor retail space below the apartments and about 6,000 square feet of retail space on Main Street in an adjacent renovated former Wells Fargo bank building.

In some respects, Joyaux’s move to 4th Main will be a homecoming. She currently lives in a too-big country home in Cornelius, but lived in several locations in downtown Hillsboro when she was young and first married, including above a fire station; in an apartment on Fifth and Baseline; and in a stand-alone home on Fourth and Grant. She decided to rent at 4th Main to be closer to activities and services.

“I kind of like hustle and bustle and things to do, and out in the country there’s nothing but yard work,” Joyaux said. “In town, there are restaurants and shops and it’s real close to my favorite grocery store, Hank’s, Bean-Noggins Espresso, the Hillsboro Pharmacy and other places I used to go.”

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