Beaverton Real Estate: Portland Suburb Earns Main Street Designation from National Trust for Historic Preservation

Beaverton Real EstateJoining the ranks of 66 other Oregon cities, the City of Beaverton has been designated an official American Main Street by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, an honor providing up to $15,000 in grant funding for downtown community building projects. In a move that will likely raise property values of surrounding new construction and restored homes for sale in the Beaverton Real Estate market. The Main Street approach advocates a return to local economic self-reliance and community empowerment through restoration of historic commercial districts. Main Street believes in restoring local commercial districts notable for their historical architecture architecture, pedestrian- and bike-friendly environments, personal service through local ownership, and a sense of community identity. By restoring these areas, the city hopes to contribute to the neighborhood real estate market, retail economy, safety, and local pride.

Central to the Main Street® approach are four points:

ORGANIZATION involves building a framework that is represented by business and property owners, bankers, citizens, business associations, and public officials. Everyone works together to see revitalization occur.

PROMOTION creates excitement for the district. Street festivals, parades, retail events, and identity development are ways to encourage new customer traffic. Promotion involves marketing an enticing image to investors, shoppers, and visitors.

DESIGN enhances the attractiveness of the business district. Historic building rehabilitation, new development, street clean-up, banners, landscaping and lighting all improve the physical setting of a business district as a quality place to shop, work, walk and invest in.

ECONOMIC RESTRUCTURING involves analyzing market forces to develop long-term solutions to revitalization. New businesses, creative use of space, and sharpened competitiveness are outcomes of a more vital business district.

As for Beaverton’s future projects, business owners, property owners, residents, and people who are interested in Beaverton’s Old Town area are encouraged to participate in volunteer groups that will collaborate on grant proposals. Beaverton’s Main Street programs must involve groups throughout the community to be successful, because different groups have different interests in the downtown area. And, while each may have a particular focus, all groups ultimately share the common goal of revitalizing the commercial district. By involving a broad range of constituents in the process, the downtown program can help each group realize that this common goal exists and that cooperation is essential for successful revitalization.

To learn more about Beaverton’s Main Street Program and find out how to get involved, please contact Holly Thompson, Program Manager, at hthompson@ci.beaverton.or.us or (503) 526-2658.

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