It was quite an event this past week at the Orenco Max Station Platform in Orenco, Oregon. With talk of real estate values and livability being strained in the thriving Hillsboro, Oregon Community it was time to focus on the good. The locals have suffered through 27 months of non-stop construction and congestion and all the while it was hard to see what developer Holland Partners was up to.
Would this high rise complex end up being a plus or a minus? A common question no doubt especially among those of us in the Old Orenco Townsite who have watched as one of our historic trees was cut to make way for The Platform District. With Rents in the $1350 to $2875 for a studio to 2 Bedroom unit The Platform has pushed rents into levels never before thought conceivable. And this has all happened without the stores and restaurants opening. What is to become of the less fortunate who are certainly being priced out of the neighborhoods in the Orenco and HIllsboro area; the Real Estate Market is surely on fire and the word “Gentrification” is on the tongue of many.
Based on what we all saw at the event, which opened the plaza and fountain, this thing is a winner. Clyde Holland stood by beaming and spoke briefly as did Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey and others. The fountain was the highlight of the event and as the Mayor spoke about the great happenings several kids ran into the fray and began to play. It was in a word “perfect”.
The Oaks at the plaza surrounded by a 5 Billion dollar electric train, the new high rise buildings, a new bridge over their roots, and the new fountain around their base seemed happier. Having lost their brother a year or so ago when he was cut it has been a tough time for them lately. When the kids ran into that water the Portland Taiko Drummers fired up the air the trees seemed to rise and spread out as if to breath in new air. They seemed energized. What good, after all, is a 250 year old tree with stories to tell if no one will slow down and listen. Now they have the promise of many visitors who will eat Gelato, drink Coffee, Ice Skate in the WInter, and use their shade to take refuge from a busy and oft weary world.
I am waiting to eat at the lineup of new food venues including Ava Roastaria (24 hour coffee house), La Procence, Deng 9 Thai, Schmizza Public House, and others. Maybe I will skate too. Who knows. I just know the place feels alive and we hope for all good things to come from this unique Urban Plaza where old will meet new- and we truly hope to be able to tie in Old Orenco with this new Orenco. It seems it certainly can be done.
Catch some of the events in the features below and make sure you visit the plaza at the Orenco Station Max stop.
As always we are here to help all of our Orenco neighbors- our resources are significant – from having a garden tilled to moving services and child care this community gets the entire Village concept!
Make sure to call Dirk Knudsen as needed for all your real estate and investment needs even if you just want to meet for coffee to see the area!