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Company is still coming to Tigard but will build three-story building, cutting back on planned office space

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF TIGARD - Ava Roasteria hopes to start construction of its new headquarters in Tigard within the next year but without a floor for office space in its proposed three-story building shown here. Tigard has approved both an extension and a pared-down building plan for an ambitious Southwest Main Street project that will be constructed on behalf of a Beaverton-based coffee company.

Earlier this month, Tigard city councilors approved allowing Ava Roasteria a 12-month extension before construction begins on its new headquarters. The building was planned as recently as last year to be four stories tall, but Ava has revised its building plan down to three stories.

Plans are to house Ava coffee operations on one floor of the building, with the other two stories reserved for apartments. Plans for a floor solely for office space have been shelved.

"Under current market conditions, there is low demand for new office space due to the growth of remote or hybrid work," Sean Farrelly, Tigard's redevelopment project manager, noted. "As a result, Ava and its financiers have elected to eliminate the office floor and to instead construct a three-story building with ground floor commercial, public space and 22 apartments."

Those 22 apartments are the maximum permitted under Tigard's development code for this site, Farrelly added.

The Tigard headquarters will also host an Ava Roasteria cafe location. In addition, the company will have its central roasting and baking facilities at the site.

The Tigard property is across the street from Cooper Mountain Ale Works on a former "brownfield," a piece of property that at one time was contaminated by industrial pollutants. The site has been cleaned up following U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.

Former brownfields have also been redeveloped with mixed-use construction in cities like neighboring Portland and Hillsboro.

"A three-story mixed-use development will be catalytic for this key site," Farrelly wrote of the company's plans. "Ava has made significant (and continuing) investments in project soft costs and has a strong incentive to commence construction in 2022."

Farrelly stated that the company has commissioned its architects and engineers to redesign the ground floor so that it contains a different foundation in response to a new engineering analysis, a move that is expected to result in a cost savings.

The project will still include a small, publicly accessible space that fronts Fanno Creek.

Ava Roasteria located its first coffee shop on Hall Boulevard in Beaverton in 2006, on a site that was once a gas station.


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