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Property will include up to 264 low-income, work force units along with parcels that will be home to industrial and office space.

TIMES PHOTO: JON HOUSE - Local and federal officials were out in force Friday to break ground on a 40-acres piece of property that will include industrial, residential and office space.The City of Tigard and various private developers, along with local and federal officials, broke ground on a 40-acre piece of property along Wall Street Friday morning, land that will eventually be home to industrial, office and residential space use.

The site, just off Hunziker Road, is expected to create hundreds of jobs in what's known as the Hunziker Industrial Core with 20 acres earmarked for industrial use with the remaining 20 slated for mixed-use development.

Friday's event included comments from John Cook, mayor of Tigard; Steve Wells, senior managing director of Trammel Crow; David Porter, economic development representative with the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Adminstraion; and U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici.

Cook explained that the project was a long time in coming but included a $2.1 million U.S. Department of Commerce grant to provide infrastructure, along with a $1.7 million grant from Metro and a $1.5 million grant from the Oregon Legislature.

"It totaled over $5 million in grants," Cook emphasized.

He said the real work came during negotiations behind the scenes during Tigard City Council executive sessions when landowners and potential developers got together to hammer out details of the land purchase to come up with the best possible project.

Still, development of half of the property recently took a twist.

Trammel Crow's Wells said while it took over two years to obtain the almost 20-acre piece of property the company purchased, that parcel was purchased by a private developer just last week. While Trammel Crow had planned on building three buildings resulting in more than 230,000 square feet of light industrial-use property, the new owner is expected to construct two-story, flex offices that will "produce more jobs than we would." City officials estimate as many as 300 jobs could be created.

"Even though we're not the ones to build the building, we're really excited about it," Wells pointed out. "It turned out well and I think it will be a great project once it's built out."

TIMES PHOTO: JON HOUSE - On Friday, U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici praised efforts by local, state and federal officials to find money to enhance the Hunziker Industrial Core, a 138-acre site zoned for industrial use off of Hunziker Road.The West Coast developer who purchased the industrial sight property has developed properties in Tualatin and Wilsonville and has worked on projects for such luminaries as Microsoft, officials said.

Porter, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration representative, said he expected the project to produce a total of $36 million in private investment.

At the same time, Rep. Bonamici praised the project, noting that the area is becoming an economic engine.

"This is an example of the community coming together," she pointed out about the funding from local, state, federal and private sources. "I'm excited to watch this grow, to see the progress here."

Lloyd Purdy, a former Tigard economic development director who now works as vice president of regional competitiveness for Greater Portland, said his organization uses the Henniker Industrial Core Project as an example how cities can make best use out of their employment lands.

Other highlights include:

• Construction has already begun to extend Wall Street through to nearby railroad tracks and eventually punch the road through to Tech Center Drive, which hooks up to 72nd Avenue.

• The building of up to 264 multifamily residences for low-income and work force residents (directly in back of the industrial site, which rises south on a sloped parcel), a project that has already made it through the Tigard Planning Commission. Those apartments could be constructed even prior to development of the industrial site, according to Cook. In addition to that, office space will be included in the mix. Cook said one key component that will makes the area attractive to developers is that infrastructure to the site, including water and sewer hookups, are almost complete.

• No road will connect the residential/office space project to a neighborhood south of the development towards Varns Street after concerns from neighbors about traffic issues.

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