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A food truck pod, lots of apartments and more; here's what's being built in the heart of Hillsboro right now.

PMG PHOTO: TROY SHINN - The big crane you can see from most of downtown Hillsboro is building the Merrill Gardens development on te corner of Northeast Fourth Avenue and East Main Street. It will include assisted living apartments and commercial space.

Cranes are going up in downtown Hillsboro as a host of construction projects get underway.

A food truck pod, a bunch of apartments and a redevelopment of the former U.S. Bank building into a retail space, here's what projects are going on in Hillsboro right now:

• Merrill Gardens (corner of Northeast 4th Avenue and East Main Street): This is where the tall crane operating in downtown Hillsboro is right now, as crews work to build a seven-story mixed use building that will include 141 assisted living apartment and about 3,000 square feet of commercial space. PMG PHOTO: TROY SHINN - Construction crews work on the Merrill Gardens development in Hillsboro on Sept. 29, 2022.

• Isabell Terrace Apartments (northeast corner of Southeast Ninth Avenue and Southeast Gumleaf Lane): This is the second phase of construction on an already-existing apartment complex, right next to Pacific University's cancer treatment campus. It will be a four-story, 26-unit apartment building. PMG PHOTO: TROY SHINN - A crane being operated in a closed alley of Gumlead Lane as the second phase of the Isabelle Terrace Apartments gets built in Hillsboro.

• Hillsboro 35 (corner of Northeast Third Avenue and Lincoln Street): Land use approval has been granted but construction is not yet underway on this three-story, 35-unit apartment complex.

• Hillsboro Station (corner of Southeast Third Avenue and Baseline Street): Demolition is underway on converting this retail space into a food cart pod for up to 27 different food carts. COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF HILLSBORO - Renderings of the Hillsboro Station food pod development, planned for  the corner of Southeast Third Avenue and Baseline Street.

• 2nd & Main Commons (corner of Southeast Second Avenue and East Main Street): Construction is underway to convert the former U.S. Bank building into four spaces for eating and drinking establishments. It will also include a rooftop seating area. The business moving in are Ex Novo Brewing, Grand Central Baking, The Sudra and Sizzle Pie. COURTESY: CITY OF HILLSBORO - A rendering of the 2nd & Main Commons being constructed in Hillsboro.

Another update on downtown developments is that the owner of the Weil Arcade Building, which burned down on Jan. 2, is seeking approval for site grading and drainage improvements. These are ostensibly the first steps needed to redevelop this complex in the heart of downtown, though the projects still await final approval.


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