Clackamas Town Center Area
Year Formed: 1980
Area: Approximately 819 acres of land in the north part of unincorporated Clackamas County between the cities of Milwaukie and Happy Valley.
Purpose: To provide transportation and community facilities in an area expected to grow rapidly.
Current Assessed Value: $706 million in 2014, up from $32 million in 1980
Return on Investment: As the assessed value within the district increased after its formation in 1980, the Development Agency reduced the size of the district and returned assessed value to the general tax rolls. This included:
- Approximately $90 million of incremental assessed value returned to the tax rolls in 1987
- Approximately $48 million of incremental assessed value returned to the tax rolls in 2005
- An additional $704 million in assessed value returned to the tax rolls in 2013 when the levy was terminated
Overview: The Clackamas Town Center area is the region's fastest growing business center. In the last 30 years many high quality office, retail and multifamily projects have been built. Long-term success depends on achieving a balance of access and amenities that attract residents, businesses and future development. The biggest challenges have been funding transportation projects and providing enough parks, open space and public places.
Remaining Projects: A group of local business leaders, government officials and community members, the Clackamas Regional Center Working Group, was asked by the Board of County Commissioners to evaluate potential projects in the district and recommend which projects to implement. The Working Group developed a work program that prioritized projects and presented it to the Commission for consideration. The projects listed below were approved by the Commission in 2013:
- Monterey Extension from 82nd Avenue to Fuller Road: Extend SE Monterey Avenue between SE 82nd Avenue and SE Fuller Road to increase east-west connectivity. Improvements will include a new roadway, sidewalks, bike lanes, drainage, street lighting and landscaping. Construction is scheduled to be completed in December 2015.
- Sunnyside/Stevens Intersection: To help relieve significant congestion, which causes safety problems, this project may include additional turn lanes, extensions or realignment and signal modifications, and improved bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Construction is scheduled for spring 2016.
- Otty Street Realignment: Realign the west leg of Otty Road with the intersection of the east leg of Otty Road and 82nd Avenue. Improvements will include a new roadway, sidewalks, bike lanes, street lighting, drainage, landscaping and signal modifications. Construction is scheduled for spring 2016.
- Boyer Drive Extension: Extend Boyer Drive west of 82nd Avenue to Fuller Road, including a new roadway, sidewalks, bike lanes, drainage, street lighting and landscaping, and address turning movements at the Fuller-King intersection. Construction is scheduled for spring 2017.
- Southwest Connector: Specific improvements, to be determined following consultation with traffic engineers, will improve safety and mobility of motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. Construction is planned for 2017.
Completed Disposition and Development Agreements (DDAs):
- Expected Phase 2 of a development project on Sunnybrook Boulevard, depending on market conditions, which could include participating in or constructing parking facilities in the Sunnybrook Corridor
- A three-party agreement with the North Clackamas School District, Clackamas County Fire District #1 resulted in construction of Causey Extension between southeast Stevens Road and Bob Schumacher Frontage Road, and construction of a fire station near Mt. Scott Elementary School
- An agreement for a mixed-use medical office building and multi-housing development in the Johnson Creek/92nd Avenue area
- An agreement for expansion of a multi-family housing development adjacent to the Interstate 205 light rail line near the Clackamas Town Center Mall
Completed Transportation Projects
- Monterey Overpass and Bob Schumacher Frontage Road
- Sunnybrook East Extension
- Sunnybrook Split Diamond Overpass (an Oregon Department of Transportation [ODOT] project)
- Phase I of the Sunnyside Widening Project
- A 36,000-square-foot medical/dental office building on 85th and Monterey
- Sunnybrook Boulevard from southeast 82nd Avenue east to Interstate 205
- Improvement of 82nd Avenue and Monterey Avenue
- Roads realigned at the Stevens Road/Sunnyside Road intersection
- Roads realigned at the Harmony/82nd Avenue intersection
- Construction of fire stations and facilities on Fuller Road and Causey Avenue
- New roads at 84th, 85th, 86th, 90th and 93rd avenues, and Sunnybrook Boulevard and Boyer Drive
- A new interchange on I-205 (Johnson Creek Boulevard)
- Sunnyside Road improved by adding lanes and signalization
- 92nd Avenue improvements from Otty Road to Johnson Creek Boulevard
- Realignment of Otty Road/Idleman/92nd Avenue
- Interstate 205 Corridor Light Rail Project – the Green Line -- links the Clackamas Town Center Area with the Gateway District and downtown Portland, operating within the I-205 freeway right-of-way. Stations serve the Sunnyside, Southgate and West Mt. Scott neighborhoods in Clackamas County. The project was funded with federal and local funds.
- Monterey Main Street: Improvements to Monterey from SE 82nd Avenue to I-205 including widening Monterey to a main street standard, with on-street parking, landscaping and street trees behind the curb and sidewalks.
Completed Community Use Projects
- Cost-share program with the County Housing Authority to provide 224 units of moderate income dwellings at the Easton Ridge apartments on Causey Avenue
- Property purchased for a joint use facility for Clackamas Community College and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
- Acquisition of Ickes and Harmony schools for Clackamas Community College and the Oregon Institute of Technology campus
- Establishment of a Clackamas County branch library
- Construction of a fire station and facility on Fuller Road and Causey Avenue
- Facilities and operating agreements for the Mt. Scott School recreation and community use project
- Acquisition of property at and adjacent to the regional swim center
- Sidewalk repairs and tree plantings on SE Causey Avenue, SE 85th Avenue, SE 90th Avenue and SE Monterey Avenue
- Clackamas Town Center Mall Redevelopment: In 2005, the Development Agency partnered with General Growth Properties, owner of Clackamas Town Center, for the first upgrade to the property since 1981. The Agency constructed a five-deck parking structure on the north side of the site, plazas and landscaping to create an attractive open air "public space" and pedestrian promenade, and infrastructure, including utilities, sidewalks, retaining walls, etc. General Growth provided 245,000 square feet of new retail/entertainment space, including internal and external renovations, movie theater expansion and two detached restaurant pads.
Completed Storm Drainage and Water Supply Projects
- Flood control facility constructed on 84th Avenue and Ambler Road
- Water pump station and supply mainline installed and a water storage reservoir partially funded
Completed Redevelopment Projects
- Mixed-use commercial area south of Sunnyside Road
- Omega/Monarch Corporate Center - 178,000-square-foot Class A Office
- Marriott Courtyard - 137-room full service hotel
- Clackamas County Sunnybrook Service Center - 73,400-square-foot Class A Office
- Specht/Quest - 103,400-square-foot Class A Office
- Battin Elementary School purchased from the North Clackamas School District and razed, and the site redeveloped as Clackamas Crossing.
- Clackamas Medical Office Building completed through a development agreement with the Mt. Scott Professional Center, LLC
- Causey Fire Station construction completed through cooperative agreements with the North Clackamas School District and Clackamas County Fire District #1