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Reed's Crossing 'Phase 2' will add nearly 500 single-family homes to South Hillsboro.

COURTESY MAP: BROOKFIELD PROPERTIES - A map shows the unit development plans for the Reed's Crossing master-planned community in South Hillsboro.With home sales in South Hillsboro remaining high after huge demand last spring and summer, plans for another subdivision in the rapidly growing area have been approved.

The Hillsboro City Council unanimously adopted plans for "Phase 2" of the Reed's Crossing development on Nov. 16.

The subdivision is expected to add 485 attached and detached single-family homes to the master-planned community, according to plans by Brookfield Properties. There are also two lots where the developer plans to construct multi-family units in the future.

Newland Communities, the developer previously overseeing Reed's Crossing, was acquired by Brookfield in June.

When it's fully built out over the next roughly two decades, South Hillsboro will bring an estimated 8,000 new homes and as many as 20,000 new residents to the city. It's the largest planned housing development in state history.

Construction is expected to begin on Reed's Crossing Phase 2 in summer 2022, said Eric Peterson, vice president of operations for the development.

The 72.5-acre subdivision is positioned in the northeast corner of the development just south of Tualatin Valley Highway, with Southeast Cornelius Pass Road on its western border and Southwest 209th Avenue to the east.

Similar to previously approved phases of Reed's Crossing, Phase 2 will include a variety of community gathering spaces, including parks and other amenities, extensive bicycle and pedestrian pathways and several different house types.

It will also include elements that make it distinct from the other phases, Peterson said.

Home-building is ongoing in Reed's Crossing "Phase 1," which will include more than 800 single and multi-family units, 660 of which have already been built and sold, Peterson said late last month. More than 500 families have already moved into homes in Phase 1, Peterson added.

Additionally, Peterson said the infrastructure of "Phase 3," which will include 502 single-family homes, is currently being constructed. Peterson expects home construction to begin on Phase 3 in February 2022, hoping for people to be able to move in the July following. Construction of Phase 3 began before Phase 2 to accommodate a nearby road project led by Washington County.

Colin Cooper, planning director for Hillsboro, said the timely approval of plans for Phase 2 is another confirmation of the success of the development of South Hillsboro.

"In every respect, South Hillsboro is a success," Cooper said, adding that Brookfield's commitment to bringing in multiple builders to produce houses that look distinct and offer choices to buyers is worth it.

Houses in Phase 2 will include six different housing types with 60 different currently approved floor plans that include additional unique variations, plans show.

Peterson said home sales in Phase 1 in November were on par with those of mid-summer.

PMG FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Brookfield Properties, the developer of the Reed's Crossing community in Hillsboro, has been focused on working with multiple builders to come up with various housing designs and types.He said that's unusual for this time of year, and it follows home sale rates in the early part of 2021 that took people off guard.

"The amount of demand we saw in the first and second quarters of this year I think surprised everybody," Peterson said. "The demand was off the charts."

The high demand throughout the entire Portland area coupled with limits on supply helped send home prices skyrocketing. Home prices in Reed's Crossing rose 6% in the first quarter of 2021.

Peterson said that increase has come down slightly as builders have been better able to keep up with demand.

While Reed's Crossing is a highly dense development, it compensates for the small lot sizes by including a lot of open community spaces, which people can easily travel to via a community-wide trail system.

"We always talked about 'connected' in South Hillsboro in our planning efforts," Cooper said.

Phase 2 will have 11 acres of open spaces, which is more than four times the required minimum, according to Brookfield.

It will also see the completion of the northern portion of a 24-acre public park, called the "Bonneville Power Administration Corridor Park." Hillsboro officials are currently reviewing plans for the park, which is roughly split between Phase 2 and Phase 3.

Plans call for the park's portion in Phase 2 to include additional trails, stormwater areas, a playground, two dog parks, dog washing stations, a community garden and covered barbecue areas and tables.

The park will also connect to a 23-acre greenway that was built in Phase 1.

Additionally, Phase 2 will include other amenities such as multi-use lawn areas, fire pits and a bocci ball court, plans show.

COURTESY IMAGE: BROOKFIELD PROPERTIES - Plans for the northern portion of the "Bonneville Power Administration Corridor Park" in Phase 2 of the Reed's Crossing development in Hillsboro call for multiple amenities.Peterson says as more people have moved into Reed's Crossing, the developer has learned more about what buyers want to see built.

He said homebuyers in the community generally follow a specific profile: young, dog-loving, first-time homebuyers who want a suburban community with lots of amenities.

The inclusion of certain amenities within open spaces such as public barbecue areas and fire pits are things the developer hadn't always planned on, but Peterson said they have become a priority after hearing more from new residents.

"Each phase has kind of been an iterative process," Peterson said. "The amount of time and thought and then ultimately dollars spent improving that open space towards the needs of our residents, that's been the biggest change."

Cooper said Brookfield has also done a good job of delivering on officials' decades-long vision to create a highly connected community in South Hillsboro that is well-suited to how people want to live now and far into the future.

PMG FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Eric Peterson, vice president of operations at Reed's Crossing, stands in the master-planned community in spring 2021.He noted that the homes must meet high energy efficiency standards, including designs that allow for passive heating with sunlight, for example.

Cooper added that one of the overarching goals of South Hillsboro is to allow people to live closer to where they work, reducing vehicle emissions from commuting.

"The three words you'll keep hearing me say are 'complete, connected, green,'" Cooper said about South Hillsboro. "That's what I think are the enduring values that will maintain the quality of this place."

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