west FIVE Employment DISTRICT
City staff are scheduled to bring the proposed West Five Employment District Strategy to the City Council for adoption on June 13. In future years, the strategy will guide City and Beaverton Urban Renewal Agency budget priorities and activities in the employment district.
West Five Employment District Strategy (May 2017)
The city is excited to announce the West Five Employment District Strategy. In 2016, property owners, tenants and stakeholders began to describe a new set of expectations for the city’s largest industrial and employment area. This area is located east of Highway 217 and south of Beaverton Hillsdale Highway, with a focal intersection and Western Avenue and 5th Street (i.e. West Five). The area is centrally located in the region, with direct access to freight routes, Fanno Creek Trail and Downtown Beaverton (see the project map). More than 200 businesses are located within the district, providing approximately 3,500 jobs.
Based on research, outreach and coordination, the West Five Employment District Strategy describes an approach the city and its partners believe will help the area thrive economically and help provide more jobs in the area. The strategy is driven by feedback from the project Steering Committee and Technical Advisory Committee, stakeholder interviews and recent economic development reports.
- Create a vision and identity for the area
- Identify barriers, constraints, and conflicts that may be impediments to property improvements, redevelopment, and business development or expansion;
- Identify future economic trends and potential barriers to evolve with market directions;
- Identify infrastructure needs, including transportation, water, sewer, and stormwater; and
- Develop strategies to leverage public investments and enhance development readiness