Tigard Main Street to get Ava Roasteria, 24 apartments
Downtown Tigard will soon be home to a mixed-used development that will feature extensive operations for Ava Roasteria, as well as three floors of apartments.
On Tuesday, Sept. 3, the Tigard City Council, acting as the Town Center Development Agency, approved project plans for Main Street at Fanno Creek, which will be located adjacent to Fanno Creek in a big open former "brownfield" site. Brownfields are contaminated areas that are eligible for Environmental Protection Agency grants to clean up a site, an effort that was completed in 2017.
Amy Saberiyan, president and owner of Ava Roasteria, laid out her plans to build a coffee shop, coffee roasting and tasting room, and pastry shop on the first floor of the 35,000-square-foot building. The additional three stories would house 24 apartments.
While initial plans were to build 16 condominiums, those changed when it was determined that it would be difficult to finance such a project, according to a staff report. Despite some concerns about parking in the area — Councilor Heidi Lueb mentioned there was a recent meeting with those concerned about downtown parking — councilors unanimously approved the project.
Saberiyan said some changes will still be made to the façade of the building, which will go to city planning staff for final design review approval.
Saberiyan said hopes are to begin construction on the project in late spring or early summer.
"The sooner, the better," she said.
This will be the sixth Ava Roasteria location. The first shop was built in 2006 on Southwest Hall Boulevard in downtown Beaverton. Since then, it has expanded to other locations in Hillsboro, Lake Oswego and Progress Ridge north of Tigard.
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