The Employment Area lies east of Highway 217 and is characterized by warehousing, distribution, low density office and flex space. It has been fairly successful as most of the buildings are fully occupied, although there are some vacant or under-utilized parcels.
The Employment Area includes a roughly 175-acre industrial section that contains a mix of heavy industrial, manufacturing, and commercial uses. It has been noted in the city’s most recent economic analysis as one of the more significant locations to enhance Beaverton’s competitive position for high quality business park and flex space.
Contemporary industrial and employment development requires ease of access to major truck transportation routes and rail. Users that are likely to be attracted to the area will be of a moderate size and light industrial, manufacturing or flex space uses. Most of the structures within the industrial areas are deficient to accommodate modern users, which require tall ceiling heights and unencumbered spans for inventory systems and other equipment.
BURA's Five Year Strategy–Employment Area
The Employment Area is characterized by distribution centers, low density office, and flex space. The recently completed West Five Employment District Strategy identifies actions and key investments the city can make to help grow the local economy, foster collaboration and remove barriers to redevelopment.
The current BURA allocation of funds for a five year period starting FY17-18, is: