Massive South Hillsboro project breaks ground; welcome mat out for 20,000 people

An earth-moving truck rumbled behind Jesse Lovrien as he spoke with a reporter, proof that the largest planned residential development in Oregon history is at last becoming a reality after 15 years of politicking and planning. “We’re moving about 600,000 yards (of dirt) in our first phase,” said Lovrien, vice president of operations for Newland Communities, the lead developer of Reed’s Crossing. “Moving from high spots to the low spots.” Reed’s Crossing will be the first development in the much bigger and broader planned residential community known for now as South Hillsboro. When fully built over the next two decades, South Hillsboro’s 1,400 acres will be home to roughly 20,000 residents. Approximately 8,000 homes of all types – large houses, small houses, townhouses, condominiums and apartments – are planned for the former farmland. The South Hillsboro Community Plan also calls for 286 acres of new parks and open space, with 15 miles of new, multi-use trails linked to schools that will be built in the community. South Hillsboro – a placeholder name likely to be replaced with something more marketable — also is expected to include a state-of-the-art transportation network to accommodate motor vehicles, bicycles and expanded transit service.