Waterfront Gateway Project

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Latest Project Updates:

The City Center Redevelopment Authority (CCRA) received a presentation from LPC West on its latest site layout/master plan concepts for Waterfront Gateway at its June 16, 2022 meeting (see video here, starting approximately at 0:21:30 mark).

Other recent project updates include:

  • Update by project staff to the CCRA Board on May 19, 2022 (see video here, starting approximately at 1:24 mark).
  • Presentation by consultant CSL on its findings from the Vancouver Convention Center Expansion Feasibility Study to joint session of the Downtown Redevelopment Authority (DRA) and CCRA boards on April 21, 2022 (see video here).

The Vancouver City Center Redevelopment Authority (CCRA) has selected a development team for the 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.

On October 21, 2021, LPC West, the west coast arm of national real estate firm Lincoln Property Company, was selected as the team to move forward with planning and development of Waterfront Gateway (view the Board meeting video and announcement/LPC West conceptual renderings).

LPC West’s selection followed the CCRA’s issuance of a Request for Qualifications: Development Opportunity for a New District in Downtown Vancouver (RFQ) in March 2021, for which the CCRA received a total of five responses in June 2021.

The CCRA approved an exclusive negotiation agreement (ENA) with LPC West on November 18, 2021, that sets the stage for the two parties to collaborate on a master site plan for Waterfront Gateway and negotiate an agreement for its development. The CCRA approved an amendment to the ENA on June 16, 2022, that extends the negotiation period to October 28, 2022.


“Our team is extremely excited to partner with the City to develop an important new district in Vancouver’s downtown with a vibrant connection to the waterfront,” said Patrick Gilligan, executive vice president for Lincoln Property Company’s Pacific Northwest region. “We are proud to play a role in shaping this site and launching a new chapter for Vancouver and its residents.”


The Vancouver community is invited to stay tuned for opportunities to provide input as part of the project’s master site planning stage. Information on these opportunities will be posted on this page, and project update subscribers will be notified. To subscribe for project updates, fill in your email address in the Stay Informed section of this page.


Background

The largely undeveloped properties are bounded by W. 6th (north), Columbia (east) and Grant (west) streets and the railroad berm (south) and are adjacent to Vancouver City Hall (415 W. 6th St.) and the Vancouver Convention Center/Hilton Hotel (301 W. 6th St.). The site uses the working title “Waterfront Gateway."



The site is strategically located between two important centers of redevelopment activity - the Columbia River waterfront and historic downtown core. It represents one of the largest remaining undeveloped contiguous properties in the downtown area and is a premier development opportunity for the region.

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 CCRA has been designated by City Council to lead the planning and development of Waterfront Gateway through a Memorandum of Understanding (PDF), including the search for a development team. It has hosted a series of visioning workshops with its board members, the public, City staff and design consultants to offer initial ideas and a vision for the site’s future.

The input has been consolidated into the RFQ’s Part 3: Vision section to articulate a community vision, including what activities, land uses, destinations and types of places would make Waterfront Gateway an inviting and active district.

The CCRA appreciates the interest of those in the real estate development and design industries in responding to the RFQ and looks forward to selecting a development partner with whom it can collaborate to realize the vision for the site.

Following selection, the CCRA and City of Vancouver look forward to developing a master plan for the site with the development team. 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 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.



During Fall 2019, the City provided an online engagement opportunity for the Vancouver community to share their ideas for Waterfront Gateway’s future. Input from these exercises and other community meetings was used by CCRA to develop the RFQ’s community vision.

Latest Project Updates:

The City Center Redevelopment Authority (CCRA) received a presentation from LPC West on its latest site layout/master plan concepts for Waterfront Gateway at its June 16, 2022 meeting (see video here, starting approximately at 0:21:30 mark).

Other recent project updates include:

  • Update by project staff to the CCRA Board on May 19, 2022 (see video here, starting approximately at 1:24 mark).
  • Presentation by consultant CSL on its findings from the Vancouver Convention Center Expansion Feasibility Study to joint session of the Downtown Redevelopment Authority (DRA) and CCRA boards on April 21, 2022 (see video here).

The Vancouver City Center Redevelopment Authority (CCRA) has selected a development team for the 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.

On October 21, 2021, LPC West, the west coast arm of national real estate firm Lincoln Property Company, was selected as the team to move forward with planning and development of Waterfront Gateway (view the Board meeting video and announcement/LPC West conceptual renderings).

LPC West’s selection followed the CCRA’s issuance of a Request for Qualifications: Development Opportunity for a New District in Downtown Vancouver (RFQ) in March 2021, for which the CCRA received a total of five responses in June 2021.

The CCRA approved an exclusive negotiation agreement (ENA) with LPC West on November 18, 2021, that sets the stage for the two parties to collaborate on a master site plan for Waterfront Gateway and negotiate an agreement for its development. The CCRA approved an amendment to the ENA on June 16, 2022, that extends the negotiation period to October 28, 2022.


“Our team is extremely excited to partner with the City to develop an important new district in Vancouver’s downtown with a vibrant connection to the waterfront,” said Patrick Gilligan, executive vice president for Lincoln Property Company’s Pacific Northwest region. “We are proud to play a role in shaping this site and launching a new chapter for Vancouver and its residents.”


The Vancouver community is invited to stay tuned for opportunities to provide input as part of the project’s master site planning stage. Information on these opportunities will be posted on this page, and project update subscribers will be notified. To subscribe for project updates, fill in your email address in the Stay Informed section of this page.


Background

The largely undeveloped properties are bounded by W. 6th (north), Columbia (east) and Grant (west) streets and the railroad berm (south) and are adjacent to Vancouver City Hall (415 W. 6th St.) and the Vancouver Convention Center/Hilton Hotel (301 W. 6th St.). The site uses the working title “Waterfront Gateway."



The site is strategically located between two important centers of redevelopment activity - the Columbia River waterfront and historic downtown core. It represents one of the largest remaining undeveloped contiguous properties in the downtown area and is a premier development opportunity for the region.

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 CCRA has been designated by City Council to lead the planning and development of Waterfront Gateway through a Memorandum of Understanding (PDF), including the search for a development team. It has hosted a series of visioning workshops with its board members, the public, City staff and design consultants to offer initial ideas and a vision for the site’s future.

The input has been consolidated into the RFQ’s Part 3: Vision section to articulate a community vision, including what activities, land uses, destinations and types of places would make Waterfront Gateway an inviting and active district.

The CCRA appreciates the interest of those in the real estate development and design industries in responding to the RFQ and looks forward to selecting a development partner with whom it can collaborate to realize the vision for the site.

Following selection, the CCRA and City of Vancouver look forward to developing a master plan for the site with the development team. 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 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.



During Fall 2019, the City provided an online engagement opportunity for the Vancouver community to share their ideas for Waterfront Gateway’s future. Input from these exercises and other community meetings was used by CCRA to develop the RFQ’s community vision.

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