Ava Roasteria HQ will add apartments to downtown Tigard
Ava Roasteria has purchased a former "brownfield" site on Tigard's Main Street where it plans to locate its newest coffee shop and corporate headquarters along with apartments in an expansive 4-story, mixed use building.
The deal went through on Tuesday, when Ava Tigard Development LLC purchased the property from Tigard's Town Center Development Agency for $390,000, according to a city news release.
The city originally purchased the property in 2015, demolishing the old Saxony building and spending two years cleaning up the so-called brownfield. Brownfields are pieces of property whose soil has on-site contamination that must be contained or removed under U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.
Tigard's Town Center Development Agency is made up of members of the Tigard City Council.
"This has been a special project, continuing our legacy of developing brownfields into viable businesses and creating jobs locally," Amy Saberiyan, principle of AVA Tigard Development, said in the news release. "Many thanks to the city of Tigard for their support and patience along the way, bringing our shared vision to fruition for the Tigard community."
The original Ava Roasteria coffee shop was built in Beaverton in 2006 at 4655 S.W. Hall Boulevard on the site of a former gas station.
Plans for the Tigard Main Street location include not only Ava's headquarters accompanying coffee shop/cafe but also the company's central roasting and baking facility for what will soon become the sixth location for the coffee chain.
In addition, the project includes 22 apartments, office space and additional ground floor commercial space for rent. A deck open for public use will be constructed overlooking Fanno Creek as well, according to Tigard officials.
"This project shows the key role of urban renewal in the revitalization of downtown Tigard. The TCDA purchased the property with a strategy to clean it up and offer it for sale," said Sean Farrelly, Tigard's redevelopment project manager. "We have the ability to be patient in finding the right developer to build the right project. This is the right project."
Project construction is set for this spring.
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