Enhance Livability

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Beaverton is one of the most livable communities in the nation, thanks to a cutting-edge civic plan, a range of housing options and commitment to sustainability. Beaverton was ranked #9 Best Small Cities by Money Magazine in 2016. 

The four metrics displayed to the right highlights the progress BURA and the City of Beaverton are making to enhance livability in the Central Beaverton Urban Renewal Area, particularly in Downtown Beaverton. These metrics include a focus on smart growth development, such as an increase in vertical parking structures and multi-story buildings. Both of these outcomes maximize land area and reduce the need for sprawling surface parking lots and unsustainable building practices. 

It also includes acres of surface parking, which represents the amount of land within the urban renewal area that is surface parking. Over time, this metric will decrease with each additional redevelopment project that is constructed on land that is currently surface parking and further the community’s smart growth and livability goals.
FY15-16 Highlights
222
 Total Number of Multi-Story
Buildings in the URA

 5
 Total Number of New Multi-Story
Buildings Developed in the URA

 399
Total Number of Parking Structure
Spaces within the URA

 420
Total Number of Acres of
Surface Parking within the URA
In FY15-16, five new multi-story buildings were constructed in the urban renewal area: the four-building Franklin Tucker Apartment project and The Barcelona apartments. Both projects are located near transit stations and provide tremendous community value to residents by offering access to transit and improved walkability.

There was no change in the number of vertical parking spaces nor in the reduction of acres of surface parking. According to data collected by Walk Score Professional, the central Beaverton area has the highest walk score in all of Beaverton. With a walk score of 68, central Beaverton is categorized as “Somewhat Walkable” as residents and visitors can accomplish some errands on foot. In terms of public transit, the central Beaverton area has good public transportation with a transit score of 56. The area is home to many nearby public transportation options.

The completion of the Broadway Streetscape project during fall 2015 encourages a pedestrian-friendly environment along Broadway and is another example of an Old Town project that enhances livability in the Central Beaverton Urban Renewal Area.