Thinking of expanding or moving South from Portland? Maybe you are looking to relocate your business? My husband and I have recently built a home and moved to up-and-coming Oregon City, Oregon from close-in SW Portland. (Another blog post about the experience of building a house to come!) Oregon City is the county seat of Clackamas County and home to Clackamas Community College. It’s historical significance is that it is coined “the end of the Oregon Trail.” It is the first permanent Euro-American settlement in the Willamette Valley and the first city west of the Rocky Mountains to be incorporated in 1844. Oregon City is just five miles from some of the nicest hiking trails in the state at Mount Talbert Nature park and residents enjoy over 22 parks within Oregon City. If you are a golfer, you will enjoy Stone Creek Golf Club, winner of the NW Golf Guys 2014 Players Choice Award for favorite 18 hole course in the Portland Metro Area.
Oregon City is growing rapidly – with pockets of homes in the construction phase. There has just been approval for building an additional neighborhood (mixed use zone) on Berry Hill. (Abbey’s Legendary Pizza is set to open summer of 2016) Plans have already been approved by the city and you can view them here. Trail Distilling is opening a distillery and tasting room on Molalla Avenue. The library is expanding by 14,500 square feet with a 10.5 million dollar addition. The project is slated for completion in September 2016.
Oregon City has an Economic Development Incentive Program, a matching grant program for traded-sector businesses. In order to incentivize the development of commercial property, the City has $150, 000 to subsidize projects that will positively impact the business community and the economic vitality of Oregon City.
If you have recently been in the market for a pocket knife, you have probably heard of Benchmade, a brand with a stellar reputation for quality and superior customer service. In 1996, due to their growing customer demand, Benchmade moved their manufacturing facility from Clackamas to a sprawling 144,000 sq. foot facility in Oregon City.
What about the specifics of the economy in Oregon City? You can find that here.
Parking in downtown Oregon City is FREE on the weekends!
Up-and-Coming you say? What does that mean?
From Willamette Week newspaper:
“The up-and-coming southeasterly suburb of Oregon City will soon be home to two new breweries. AM radio man Tim Hohl, who does a weekly beer segment on KPAM, expects to open Coin Toss Brewing on Fir Street in July 2016 with two flagships, Black Hole Cascadian Dark Ale and George’s Honest Ale…”
From the Portland Business Journal:
“…Another sign of new activity in Oregon City, albeit just outside the downtown core: two of Colliers International’s “notable sales transactions” in its third quarter report were deals in Oregon City — the $6.3 million sale of the building at 221 Molalla Avenue and the $5.6 million sale of a Department of Human Services building. There is buzz in Oregon City, as well, over the Willamette Falls Legacy project. The massive effort aims to re-establish public access to Willamette Falls, which cascades just outside downtown Oregon City, and revitalize the area with a public river walk and, ultimately, new housing, commercial and educational opportunities.”
From KOIN 6 News:
The non-profit We Love Clean Rivers has been working on a Whitewater park project taking the man-made river and enhancing or creating rapids and surf suitable for kayaking and rafting. Learn more about the Willamette Falls Whitewater Park here. “Overall, revitalization plans for the waterfront are aimed at making it a popular place for families, paddlers and tourists to take in the majestic Willamette Falls.”
The Willamette Falls Legacy Project is underway. This is a collaborative partnership between Oregon City, Clackamas County, Metro and the Governor’s Regional Solutions Team to revitalize the site of the former Blue Heron Paper Mill in Oregon City into a beautiful riverwalk revitalizing downtown Oregon City and West Linn. The Oregon Legislature has supported a $7.5 million investment in the Willamette Falls Legacy Project with lottery-backed bond money which would bring visitors from downtown Oregon City to the edge of one of North America’s largest waterfalls. The Riverwalk is expected to cost at least $30 million. More information on this exciting project can be found here.
From Koin News: The nonprofit We Love Clean Rivers has been working on the Willamette Falls Whitewater Park project for years. Geographically, Willamette Falls fits perfectly. Find the full article here.
Residential and Commercial vacancies:
- Icon Construction: Residential
- Marnella Homes: Residential
- Commercial Opportunities
- for representation in viewing a property, contact me at 503-479-5764 or Kristina@PortlandHomeGal.com
What ELSE is happening around here?
- Summer Movies in the Park: Wesley Lynn Park located at 12901 Frontier Parkway presents movies at dusk (usually around 8:30PM) with concessions available for purchase (hot dogs, soda, chips, candy, popcorn etc) that support Oregon City Youth Sports Programs.
- Regal Cinemas Hilltop 9: Multiple screens, recliner seating and concessions.
- I am crushing on the Denim Salvage shop downtown that sells new and 2nd life designer label jeans. Their denim fitting services are free and no appointment is needed. This gal is GOOD at what she does!
- Annual Oregon Trail 5k Run.
- Indoor Playground for toddlers and youngsters to get out their energy: Monday/Wednesday/Friday mornings from 10am-12pm at The Oregon City Community Room located at 1211 Jackson St., Oregon City | 503-657-8273. $3 per kid, parents and kids under 12 months are free.
- Walking club for Adults
- Home Depot hosts a workshop for kids on the first Saturday of every month.
(Do you know of something that should be on this list and isn’t? Let me know!)
Right next door in Happy Valley, 223 acres are being developed into 600 new homes on Scouters Mountain.
Let’s talk about PARKS, gardens and your green thumb!
Oh the parks…I cannot understand why such beautiful parks have not gotten more attention! Oregon City has over 22 city parks. Serres Garden Center has literally been in the Oregon City area since 1902! If your are thinking of getting married IN A GARDEN, Abernathy Center is located at 606 15th Street in Oregon City where you will find Abigail’s Garden, consisting of 5 acres of beautiful gardens and natural areas nestled along Abernethy Creek. It also has a wedding chapel and classic gazebo for smaller weddings. They also have a 5000 sq foot ballroom and commercial kitchen for larger events.
Wesley Lynn Park has wide luxurious walkways meandering around manicured lawns, softball diamonds and beautiful play structures for youngsters. A large shelter calls Wesley Lynn home and it comes complete with BBQ grill, a sink, restroom facilities and 4 really nice picnic tables. When I was there this evening, it was full of flowering plants vining up the poles. They also have soccer fields. This is a lovely park to spend family time in! Keep an eye out for the bird hotel too. The photos on the city website don’t do it justice. Trust me, it is far more beautiful than this. Oregon City has a skatepark as well. You can see photos here.
Let’s talk about FOOD!
Because it is such a necessary part of our everyday lives, you might wonder what Oregon City has to offer by way of grocery stores, restaurants and specialty shops.
On Berry Hill alone, you will find an Albertsons, Safeway and a brand new Fred Meyer store in addition to Green Grocer (Bulk foods, herbs, produce and natural remedies.) Enjoy decadent pastries? Fat Cupcake lives here.
- Thai & Vietnamese: Thai Chef, Thai Express and Pho Thi
- Pizza: Mi Famiglia Wood Oven Pizzeria, Pioneer Pizza & family pub
- Bar/Pubs: The Highland Stillhouse, The Wild Hare Saloon,
- Sushi: Sushi Valley, Saprona Sushi,
- Stone Cliff Inn Restaurant & Bar
- Teriyaki: Soy Grill Teriyaki, Oh! Teriyaki or Toki Sushi & Teriyaki
- All American: Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Lil Cooperstown,
- Breakfast: Biscuits Cafe, Yvonne’s on Main, the Caufield House,
Let’s talk about BEER, WINE & Spirits!
- Coin Toss Brewing just opened on Berry Hill; 14214 Fir St., Suite H, Oregon City / 503-305-6220
- Oregon City Brewing Company ; 1401 Washington St, Oregon City / 503-908-1948
- Feckin Brewery; 1401 Washington St, Oregon City / 503-516 7241
- Bent Shovel; 21678 S Latourette Rd, Oregon City / 503-898-0220
- Kings Raven Winery & Amphitheater; 11603 S New Era Rd, Oregon City / 503-505-6873
- Forest Edge Vineyard & Tasting Room; 15640 S Spangler Rd., Oregon City / 503-632-9463
- Trail Distilling and Tasting Room is coming soon; 21553 Hwy 213, Oregon City
If you like to brew or you are considering opening up a brewery, Bridgeview Beer and Wine Supply is also here.
Let’s talk about SCHOOLS!
Oregon City has ten elementary public schools, two middle schools and Oregon City High School? If you are interested in learning more about that, you can find that here. It serves 2300 students and has obtained an outstanding AYP rating three consecutive years in a row from the Oregon Department of Education. It is a member of the Mount Hood Conference with a 6-A athletic classification. If you are considering a private school for age 3 through 8th grade, consider Marylhurst.
There are a lot of families that live here (Family Median Income $66,663) so having more family friendly businesses here would be fantastic. Oregon City would be a great place to grow your business. Whether you are searching for larger estates similar to those on Hidden Lake Dr., something in a new neighborhood like those developing on Berry Hill or a commercial building for relocating your business, Oregon City is a great place to consider! If you are wondering “What is in Oregon City?” I have found there is A LOT here but not every business has invested in a website so it doesn’t appear as booming online as it really is in person! If you are wondering about the climate because you are relocating, click here. Should you need a realtor, please feel free to reach out. I’m your Oregon City realtor!
~ Kristina Browning, an Oregon City real estate agent, Vice-Chair of the Caufield Neighborhood Association, wife and mother of a boy named Blue.
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