What's the construction in downtown Hillsboro?
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 dining space, here's what projects are going on in Hillsboro right now:
• Merrill Gardens (corner of Northeast Fourth 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
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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