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Proposal for Development of Grocery Store-Anchored Center at the Glencoe Opportunity Area Moves Forward

glencoe_opp_area_map_cropOn September 7, 2021, the North Plains Urban Renewal Agency (URA) approved a resolution for the City to proceed with negotiations on a development agreement with real estate developer Rembold for the land purchase, design, financing, and construction of a grocery store-anchored center at the 5.07-acre Glencoe Opportunity Area (GOA).

The URA issued a formal request for proposals in early June 2021 for the redevelopment of the GOA to attract key commercial services including a full-service grocery store and other community amenities.

Rembold is a woman-led real estate development company based in Portland. They recently developed multiple mixed-use projects in Downtown Beaverton in partnership with the City of Beaverton, and have developed projects in Sherwood and Hillsboro. Rembold has not developed in North Plains, but the company previously owned property in the community and has been looking for development opportunities in North Plains for several years.

Rembold’s GOA proposal describes developing the site into a mixed-use retail project that will provide a grocer, food and drink establishments, hardware store, and other services, as well as a community gathering space. They have commitments from several partners for the project, including Fresh Foods Grocery, Public Coast Brewing, and Abbey Creek Winery.

“In collaboration with North Plains and a number of local purveyors, this exciting development is designed to celebrate inclusivity, local industries, fresh food and drink, and curated services that celebrate North Plains’ history and future,” said Rembold Vice President Kali Bader. 

“This project will provide much-needed services that have been identified as a community priority and will enable our residents to shop much closer to home, improving the quality of life for our growing community,” said Mayor Teri Lenahan. 

Once the terms and conditions of a formal Disposition and Development Agreement are finalized, another resolution will be presented to the URA Board for consideration. Public participation in the development will be determined during this process.

For more details on the GOA and Rembold proposal, see September 7, 2021, Urban Renewal Agency’s meeting documents here.

Background on the Glencoe Opportunity Area

Purchased earlier this year by the City’s North Plains Urban Renewal Agency, the property is located in a primary commercial area on Glencoe Road in North Plains less than a half-mile north of and visible from Highway 26.

The city has experienced rapid growth in its population and significant residential development, but still lacks key commercial services including a grocery store, an urgent care medical clinic, a pharmacy, restaurants, and multifamily housing choices. With over 500 additional homes slated to be built over the next four years, the Glencoe Opportunity Area is the prime location within the existing City limits that can accommodate some of these much-needed services.

The COVID-19 pandemic also emphasized the difficulty for North Plains residents to purchase basic groceries and other necessities within their own community instead of making a 25-minute or longer roundtrip drive to neighboring communities.