Happy Fall, Beaverton! Positive change is on the way!
ICYMI, we are just wrapping up the fifth annual Beaverton Restaurant Week (ends Oct 3). This beloved tradition is a great way to highlight and drive traffic to local businesses.
Speaking of businesses, have you been to Downtown Beaverton lately?
We have been proactively working towards a vibrant, active, and inclusive downtown area. Our strategy includes new housing options, mixed-use development, new restaurants, The Reser, and a new public parking garage. I’m so happy to report that as a direct result of opening the First Street Dining commons (in response to the pandemic), we have had more new restaurants open than those that closed during the pandemic! We are actively acquiring property in our downtown for future redevelopment consistent with our Community Vision and other community plans.
The last thing I’ll mention is the Downtown Loop Project.
It’s a key initiative to enhance walking, biking, and transit on SW Hall Boulevard and SW Watson Avenue in Downtown Beaverton. We want to establish a strong connection between Old Town and Beaverton Central by reimagining how the streets and sidewalks are used and how they will look. This enhanced corridor will link significant cultural, economic, and civic destinations in a welcoming and accessible way. We are doing all of this work through an equity lens and leading with this value in how we grow and change our community. Be on the lookout for opportunities to provide input!
It’s my pleasure to introduce Beaverton’s new City Manager: Jenny Haruyama. Jenny comes to us most recently from Tracy, California where she served as City Manager. She and her family were drawn to the culture and diversity of Beaverton, and we are lucky to have them as part of our community. I’ve shared before that I see my role on the Council as “team captain,” and I consider Jenny a strong teammate as together we do the work of the City. Jenny hit the ground running in late August and I look forward to accomplishing big things together for our community in the short and long term. Welcome, Jenny!
Lacey Beaty was elected Beaverton’s Mayor in 2020. Prior to serving as Mayor, she served for six years on Beaverton City Council.