Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Beaverton Downtown Association Receives Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant (Photo)


News Release from City of Beaverton
Posted on FlashAlert: May 9th, 2017 12:00 PM
Downloadable file: The Beaverton Downtown Association has received a matching grant of $100,000 to revitalize the historic Beaverton Masonic Temple (pictured). (Photo/City of Beaverton)
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, announced today that the Beaverton Downtown Association has received a matching grant of $100,000 to revitalize the historic Beaverton Masonic Temple.

The project will convert the first floor of the two-story building into a restaurant. This grant funding will be used to upgrade the space to be ready for a restaurant to lease the space, with planned outdoor seating. The Masons will continue to use the second floor for membership-related activities.

"This is an exciting step forward for our downtown association," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "On behalf of the Beaverton City Council and myself, let me say how proud we are of this group for competing and winning this grant. What a huge win for our city."

The Beaverton Masonic Temple project is part of the city's recently completed restaurant strategy, which identifies key steps toward helping downtown Beaverton become the premier restaurant destination of the westside. The strategy focuses in part on Beaverton's developing restaurant row on and around SW Watson Avenue.

The restaurant strategy builds on the city's Beaverton Community Vision and other plans to make downtown Beaverton a destination for retail, entertainment, and dining.

The BDA is among 28 matching grant recipients across the state from Oregon Heritage. Projects range from façade improvement to seismic upgrades and elevator access. Awards range from $17,500 to $100,000.

The Beaverton Downtown Association is dedicated to promoting the preservation, history, culture, architecture, and public use of Beaverton's traditional downtown area. The City of Beaverton provides technical assistance, training, and funding to the organization.

The city of Beaverton is home to more than 95,000 residents and is Oregon's sixth largest city. We are a friendly, active, and responsible city well-known for our exceptional community services and amenities, helping Beaverton residents enjoy a high quality of life. Ranked in the top ten of Money magazine's 50 Best Small Cities in America for 2016, Beaverton truly is "The Best of Oregon."

For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.

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