Could more homes, retail be coming to Hillsboro's Orenco Station? Vancouver-based Holland Properties considering development
Published: Tuesday, December 06, 2011, 2:26 PM Updated: Tuesday, December 06, 2011, 2:34 PM
Casey Parks, The Oregonian
Vancouver, Wash.-based Holland Partner Group is looking at the feasibility of adding housing and retail to Orenco Station, according to an email sent by Holland representative Wink Brooks to the Orenco Neighborhood Organization. Brooks, who served as planning manager for Hillsboro for 23 years, said the development company wants to meet with neighbors to show them conceptual drawings and answer any questions.
In September, Holland Properties broke ground on the 190-unit "Living Green at Orenco Station" development. But Brooks' email suggests something much larger. He writes: "The plan includes potential development of four sites north of the MAX light rail line south of Cornell. It's Holland's hope to create a development that will include a mixture of retail and residential space, development that Holland hopes will spur the area to grow economically, while providing additional neighborhood amenities available for all Orenco Area residents to enjoy. A mix of housing is proposed, including traditional townhomes and apartments, mixed with ground-floor retail space. The number of units could range from 800 to 900, depending upon feasibility."
To accomplish that, Brooks writes that the city will have to make some land use changes. He writes that a hearing for those has been tentatively scheduled for early February. The group has also planned an open house for early next year, he said.
In an email to the neighborhood group, President Bonnie Kooken said, "What is built on these properties will have a definite effect on our community. The residents of historic Orenco are being given the opportunity to have some input into this development before it is started."
-- Casey Parks