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Tigard road project receives federal grant

EDA puts $2M toward development of infrastructure in Hunziker industrial area.

MAP COURTESY OF THE CITY OF TIGARD - The dotted line on this map of the Hunziker Industrial Core shows roughly where the new road off Southwest Hunziker Street will be built.A road project that Tigard city planners expect to open up an underused area just west of Highway 217 for industrial development is set to begin construction next year after it was approved for $2 million in federal funding last week.

The U.S. Economic Development Administration announced the grant award last Wednesday for the infrastructure project, intended to construct a road that will provide public access to undeveloped land in the 138-acre Hunziker Industrial Core — the city's name for the commercial and industrial area centered on Southwest Hunziker Street, west of Highway 217 and south of Highway 99W.

Lloyd Purdy, Tigard's economic development manager, said the federal grant rounds out funding for the first phase of road construction.

“This gets us enough road to unlock about 40 acres of as-of-yet undeveloped property,” Purdy said. “So this really unlocks some landlocked property.”

State and local funding and a financial contribution from the developer will also go toward the project, which has a total price tag of about $5.7 million, according to a press release from the city of Tigard.

As Purdy described it, the project will construct a road south from Hunziker Street to the railroad tracks, past Potso Dog Park. A second phase, which is not yet fully funded, would extend that road southeast along the tracks to connect with Southwest Tech Center Drive.

There is currently a private drive, which is marked as Southwest Wall Street — although it is not contiguous with the Wall Street that provides access to the Tigard Public Library and apartments off Southwest Hall Boulevard, on the other side of the railroad tracks — that runs along the planned route of the new road.

“We will be converting that private drive into a complete street,” Purdy said.

The new public street will have sidewalks on both sides, providing pedestrian as well as vehicle access, according to Purdy. Utilities will be built along the route as well.

Purdy called the road project “the first phase of many potential future investments” in the Hunziker Industrial Core area.

“This is a way for us to put in public infrastructure that induces more development, which brings in more businesses, which brings in more employment,” he explained.

Construction is expected to begin early next year, after final design work is completed, Purdy said.

In the city's press release, Mayor John L. Cook thanked members of Oregon's congressional delegation Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici for helping secure the EDA grant.

“I’m happy to see that the partnerships we have worked so diligently to forge are paying off with a matching investment from our federal partners,” Cook said in the release.

Bonamici was quoted in the release as saying the federal funding “will allow Tigard to continue to be an important part of Oregon’s growing economy.”

By Mark Miller
Assistant Editor
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