Thanks for Attending the Public Open House and Taking the Survey!
Over 250 people attended the open houses on April 22nd and 23rd. Many stayed for dinner, talked with staff and friends from the neighborhood, and enjoyed a community gathering. Hundreds of people also completed the online survey. Check back soon for the results!
Phase 1 is Complete
In Spring and Summer 2021, Hood River told us about its vision for the future of how we should be able to move around the Heights. Safe street crossings and better sidewalks for pedestrians, safe bicycle facilities, adequate parking, and access for vehicles to local businesses are all priority elements of a future streetscape design in the Heights. With that information, project goals are now established to guide the project, but there is much more work to do.
Phase 2: Designing and Evaluating Streetscape Alternatives
Using the project goals and information from Phase 1, the project team is developing streetscape alternatives that demonstrate urban design elements centered around the community’s goals and priorities. This is the next step in the process, followed by consolidating the best elements of each alternative into a single shared district vision, that best meets the community’s project goals.
We are working on the preliminary concepts and technical evaluations (e.g., traffic, parking, connectivity etc.) in Fall 2021. After we’ve discussed possibilities with agencies like the Oregon Department of Transportation (who own and maintain 12th and 13th) and the Urban Renewal Agency Board to confirm we are on the right track, we will share these alternatives to with the public in early 2022 for review and input. Public input is very important, and we want to provide the community with as much information as possible to help inform the decision on a final preferred Height District alternative.
About the Project
The Heights is a Hood River destination, filled with unique homes and diverse local businesses. It is also an important gateway to Mount Hood and the historic family farms and outdoor recreation in the Hood River Valley. As the Heights grows, we need to create a safe streetscape for the pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists traveling to and through the area every day.
The Height’s central transportation spine is OR 281, linking downtown Hood River with the Hood River Valley. The corridor serves many public amenities, such as Providence Hospital, May Street Elementary School, Hood River Middle School, Jackson Park, and Indian Creek Trail.
The Heights Streetscape Plan focuses on the commercial core of OR 281 between May Street and Belmont Avenue, which has a mix of office, restaurant, and other retail uses, with single and multi-family housing located next to the commercial core. Both the local business district and surrounding neighborhoods are culturally and socially diverse, with a strong Latino community presence.
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Heights Streetscape Project - We’d Like to Hear from You!Your valuable input and participation throughout the process is critical to identify and prioritize improvements to make the Heights District a safe, vibrant, and economically successful district for the community.
As stated in the Heights Urban Renewal Plan, “the purpose of urban renewal is to improve specific areas of a city that are poorly developed or underdeveloped. These areas can have old or deteriorated buildings, public spaces that need improvements, streets and utilities in poor condition, a complete lack of streets and utilities altogether, or other obstacles to development. The Area has infrastructure needs, lacks adequate streetscape and parking, and does not have a program for assistance to business owners.”
The Heights Urban Renewal District was established in 2011 and covers approximately 96 acres centered around State Highway 281. Using tax increment financing, it has a total indebtedness of $8.5 million. In 2011, the Urban Renewal Agency adopted the Hood River Heights Business District Urban Renewal Plan, with input from the Heights Business District Association and the Hood River City Council. The Plan encompasses goals, objectives, and projects relating to economy, district identity, recreation, traffic and transportation, public utilities, public involvement, and housing for the Heights Urban Renewal District.
The boundary of the Heights Urban Renewal District as shown in the Urban Renewal Plan is shown in the figure on the right.
Planning to date has included:
- Blue Zone, LLC Walkshop (6/6/2018 Presentation)
- Blue Zone, LLC Walkshop (9/24/2018 Final Presentation with Recommendations)
- Heights Community Meetings
- URAC Project Recommendation Report May 2018
- URAC Thoughts to date on Proceeding with Heights Urban Renewal
- Executive Summary – Hood River Heights Urban Renewal Area Public Input from November 2017 meeting and online survey.
- DOWNLOAD Powerpoint presented at the October 26, 2017 Meeting
- Information 101 about the Heights District and Urban Renewal
- StreetsAlive! Traffic Demonstration Review
- Hood River Heights Urban Renewal PLAN
- Hood River Heights Urban Renewal REPORT