Developer Sought for Prime Opportunity to Shape the Heart of Downtown Vancouver, Washington

The chance to vision and design a prime site in downtown Vancouver, Washington is now open to developers.

The Vancouver City Center Redevelopment Authority (CCRA) is seeking a development team for a 6.4-acre city-owned site in downtown that will become a key part of the gateway to the riverfront, which has emerged as a desirable destination for businesses, residents and visitors.

The site is bounded by W. Sixth (north), Columbia (east) and Grant (west) streets and the railroad berm (south) and is adjacent to Vancouver City Hall and the Vancouver Convention Center/Hilton Hotel.

The CCRA issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for the project on March 31, 2021. Responses are due by 3 p.m. June 29, 2021.

The RFQ is available online at http://www.beheardvancouver.org/waterfrontgateway.

The site is strategically located between two important centers of redevelopment activity—the Columbia River waterfront and historic downtown core—and within a federally designated Opportunity Zone. It represents one of the largest remaining undeveloped contiguous properties in the downtown area and is a premier development opportunity for the region. The site uses the working title “Waterfront Gateway.” 

The CCRA is seeking teams composed of a developer and designer capable of both designing and building office, commercial, retail and housing in a multi-story mixed-use environment. The opportunity is rooted in a community vision developed over the last two years that offers initial ideas and design considerations for the site, including a public parking garage and potential future expansion of the convention center.

“The RFQ is an important step toward shaping the heart of downtown Vancouver by creating a fun, innovative and inspiring district connecting Esther Short Park to our vibrant waterfront,” said CCRA Board President Richard Keller. “Accessibility, inclusion and providing a place available to all income levels will be a major focus of our efforts.” 

Following selection of a development team, the CCRA and City of Vancouver intend to collaborate with them on developing a master plan for the site. The CCRA will then negotiate the necessary agreements with the development team to purchase or lease parcels for development in accordance with the master plan.

In addition to local firms, the CCRA welcomes interest from developers and designers outside of the Portland/Vancouver metro area, including San Francisco and the Bay Area.

In addition to the community vision, the RFQ includes background on the downtown area, relevant information about the site’s parcels, planning and zoning considerations, resources and incentives, submittal requirements and evaluation process, and a proposed schedule.

About Vancouver: Vancouver is the second largest city in the Portland metro area, with a population of 190,000 and a strong entrepreneurial spirit. The city’s beautiful setting, business friendly attitude, diverse mix of people and industries, and eclectic attributes have been recognized nationally. The RFQ highlights all the advantages of developing, owning a business, and living in Vancouver. 

Downtown serves as gateway to Washington state, bordering the beautiful Columbia River and boasting a mix of historic landmarks and highly activated new development. From our vibrant waterfront to our award-winning historic Main Street, we’re a regional cultural, employment and dining destination that has become a hotbed for new business and property investments. 

The diversified economy of Vancouver and Clark County, coupled with the many reasons Washington was recently named the No. 1 Best State by U.S. News & World Report for the second year in a row, make this prime development opportunity worthy of exploration!

About CCRA: The City Center Redevelopment Authority (CCRA) provides an independent legal entity under state law and city ordinance (VMC 2.71) to undertake, assist with and otherwise facilitate the redevelopment of property within the Vancouver City Center Vision plan area (VCCV). Learn more about the CCRA at http://www.cityofvancouver.us/ccra.

Business Development Contact
http://www.beheardvancouver.org/waterfrontgateway
https://www.linkedin.com/company/city-of-vancouver-washington

John W. Collum
Economic Development Principal Planner
360-487-7956, john.collum@cityofvancouver.us