Waterfront Gateway project moves forward in Vancouver

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Part of downtown, ripe for development, will transform over the next few years to include more residential, work and retail space.

VANCOUVER, Washington – Increased downtown development is coming to Vancouver with a project that will bring another destination neighborhood to the city right next to the already bustling waterfront.

The city’s economic development team selected developer LPC West to move forward with the Waterfront Gateway project in an underdeveloped area nestled between the Columbia River waterfront and the historic downtown area.

The developer is now tasked with taking approximately 6.5 square acres downtown and transforming the neighborhood. Recently published renderings present this vision.

“Even though they’re conceptual, when you look at it what’s filled in – it’s like, wow. It’s amazing to think this area could look like this,” said John Collum, senior economic development planner. from the city.

“The Waterfront Gateway area would be the next destination you want to visit in downtown Vancouver,” he said. “Now that everyone knows the waterfront, Waterfront Gateway would be the next big thing in three, four or five years.”

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The renderings are not the final plans, which will come later. But Collum told KGW they had a pretty good idea of ​​what the city expects from the project: a pedestrian and sustainable neighborhood with mixed-use development that people can live, work and enjoy in this location.

“It’s probably more of a European style development, where you kind of go downhill and you have a shopping street with shops and restaurants on both sides,” he said. “If we can create an environment like this, we will have an active neighborhood all the time because it will be designed like that from the start.”

There is still time for the public to comment in the first part of 2022. Collum said the first buildings ready to be occupied are expected to be open in mid-2025.


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