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Homebuilding is underway near Cornelius Pass Road. The first residents are expected by this summer.

STAFF PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - South Hillsboro, the massive housing project south of Tualatin Valley Highway, is officially underway. The first homes in South Hillsboro are expected to be finished by this summer. South Hillsboro is finally on the move.

Workers broke ground this month on the newest set of homes slated for South Hillsboro, the massive neighborhood planned along Tualatin Valley Highway at Cornelius Pass Road.

Several homes are currently under construction in the neighborhood, according to Kelly Ritz, president of home builder Stone Bridge Homes NW, and the first residents are expected to move in this summer. Developer David Brentlinger of Newland Communities said he expects 15 homes to be built per month, rising to 30 per month at its peak. Phase one will see 300 homes built.

The largest planned housing development in Oregon history, South Hillsboro will eventually be filled with 8,000 homes, according to city officials. When finished, the area will be home to about 20,000 Hillsboro residents. City and county planners have been planning South Hillsboro for close to two decades.

About 3,000 homes in South Hillsboro will be built in an area known as Reed's Crossing, near Cornelius Pass Road. Other areas, known as Butternut Creek and Rosedale Parks, have also begun construction on several homes.

The first homes in South Hillsboro were showcased during the NW Natural Street of Dreams this summer, but last week's groundbreaking is one of several major construction projects in South Hillsboro over the next 20 years.

When finished, the area will include 15 miles of walking trails, 280 acres of parks and several special bicycle lanes, called cycle tracks, which are separated from other motoring traffic.

STAFF PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - When finished, South Hillsboro will be home to as many as 20,000 people. The neighborhood will take 20 years to reach full buildout, and will include parks, shopping centers and new schools.Newland Communities owns 463 acres of the 1,400 acres that comprise South Hillsboro. Until recently the site has appeared from Southeast Tualatin Valley Highway as newly built roads and concrete curbs and empty lots. Now the first show home is rising up, functioning as a welcome center.

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