Springfield: Development Program

Development within the City of Springfield is
required to pay a one-time systems development
charge (commonly referred to SDCs) for impacts of
the development on local and regional systems.
These fees are both necessary and costly.

An ongoing program established in 2010, the
Springfield Urban Renewal System Development
program pays the full cost of all local SDCs charged
to a development within a Springfield urban renewal
area.

Funding/Leverage

  • Typical costs associated with these SDC
    charges can range from 2-15% of the
    construction costs. This can result in a range
    of $50,000 to $500,000 and sometimes
    higher depending on the use and investment.
  • To date, the program has paid over
    $400,000 in private development SDCs
  • Private development remains responsible for
    paying any regional SDCs imposed
    (wastewater and/or parks district)

Community Benefits

  • SDCs are associated with the addition of
    new and valuable improvements within the
    increment districts
  • Six new businesses have located and
    invested capital in improving taxable value
    in Springfield urban renewal districts
  • This incentive program has assisted in the
    generation of over $10M in private
    development investment

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Beaverton: Tenant Program

The Beaverton Urban Redevelopment Agency (BURA) is encouraging revitalization of downtown Beaverton, including increasing the number of and enhancing existing restaurants, brewpubs, wine bars and growleries.

The purpose of Beaverton’s Tenant Improvement (TI) Program is to partner with food and drink-based business owners and related property owners interested in opening a new business or renovating/expanding a current business by providing matching interior construction grants.

Eligibility

Businesses are eligible if they meet the following criteria:

  • The business is a food and/or beverage based business. Examples include restaurants, coffee shops, and wine bars.
  • The business is open to the public. Businesses that only provide services to members are not.
  • The business is located within the Downtown Program Area.
  • National chains are not eligible for this program.

Funding/Leverage

  • BURA will provide a 50% match of eligible costs with a maximum grant of $25,000.

Community Benefits

  • The TI Program is an effort towards making Beaverton the premier restaurant destination in Beaverton.
  • In addition, the program will support increasing the number of restaurants currently existing around Watson Ave and 1st Street in Downtown Beaverton, a burgeoning restaurant row.

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Beaverton: Storefront Program

Storefront appearance is a critical aspect of the overall aesthetic appeal and unique character of a commercial district. The Beaverton Urban Redevelopment Agency (BURA) is committed to helping Beaverton small businesses thrive. A key part to business success is that first impression: what a customer sees from the outside of the building. The purpose of the Storefront Improvement Pilot Program is to encourage businesses and property owners within eligible program areas to improve their storefronts, making these areas more attractive to shoppers and increasing the economic vitality and attractiveness to new investment. This program offers architectural design services and construction matching grants to help boost curb appeal and draw in more customers.

Types of Grants

There are two types of grants that are offered:

  • Design Services Grant
    A contracted architect is available to help with concept development or full scope creation, resulting in documents needed to obtain bids.
  • Implementation Grant
    The Implementation Grant covers a portion of the actual improvements to the exterior of a building.

Funding/Leverage

  • Design Services Grants are 100% funded.
  • Implementation Grants have a maximum grant amount of $35,000. A level 1 grant contains a 50% city match for minor projects such as paint and new signage only. A level 2 grant contains a 70% city match for major projects such as new windows, awnings and lighting.

Community Benefits

  • Storefront restoration has a significant impact in the character and vitality of an area and it begins the transformation in that area.

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Beaverton: DOS Program

The City of Beaverton is now offering two Development Opportunity Strategies (DOS) grant options to explore development opportunities in key areas of the city: DOS Design Services and DOS Matching Grant.

The DOS Design Services grant provides fully funded conceptual design and feasibility analysis to understand site opportunities (equals $5,000 in free consultant services contracted by the city).

The DOS Matching Grant provides up to $25,000 in matching grants (50%) per site to explore development opportunities in key areas of the city. This program will enhance livability and attract new jobs to Beaverton’s Urban Renewal District by incentivizing increased density in matching grants to hire real estate development consultants to help further understand and identify development opportunities for vacant and underutilized properties.

Site/Development Eligibility Criteria

The following list includes some of the program’s key eligibility criteria:

  • Site must be located within the Urban Renewal District.
  • Program Participants must have site control (own, contract to purchase, ground lease, etc.)
  • Eligible concepts include significant rehabilitation, redevelopment or new development of significant building scale. Proposed concept project must provide significant increases in density and/or employment.
  • The Projects should be able to be constructed within 5 years or less.
  • Funding preference will be given to projects that meet one or both of the following:
    • Are located within RC-TO, RC-OT, IND or OI zones within the Urban Renewal District
    • Provide mixed-use development and/or high-density vertical housing with building frontages up to the street (in applicable zoning).
  • Funds are available for eligible Program Participants on a first come, first serve basis.

Funding/Leverage

  • The City of Beaverton will provide a 50% grant match up to $25,000 and $5,000 grant for design services.

Community Benefits

  • The City of Beaverton provides $100,000 in grant funds to assist property owners and developers with redevelopment within the Beaverton Urban Renewal District.

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