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The CCRA Board approved an extension to its Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA) with developer LPC West at its October 20, 2022 meeting. The ENA is now extended to April 26, 2023 for the parties to negotiate a Disposition and Development Agreement (DDA).

A Vibrant New District for Downtown Vancouver

The Waterfront Gateway site features 6.4-acres of city-owned property in downtown Vancouver, WA, which is quickly becoming a vital economic catalyst for the region.

Providing a dynamic new district for locals and guests to enjoy, Waterfront Gateway is designed to honor the history and heritage of the city. The district will celebrate another exciting era of revitalization for Downtown and the Columbia River waterfront area.

Waterfront Gateway is strategically located between two important centers of redevelopment activity—the Columbia River waterfront and the historic downtown core. It is one of the largest undeveloped properties in the area, creating a major opportunity for housing and economic growth.

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

The project team is seeking your comments and reactions to the Waterfront Gateway district plan. Share your feedback by taking the short survey below.

The project team is listening—incorporating features and amenities that come directly from community input. After years of visioning and planning with local residents, business owners, and community organizations, Waterfront Gateway will connect the historic heart of the city to the resurgent Columbia River waterfront area. The district plans to include a wealth of benefits for the community, including:

  • This image includes a handout, which describes the amenities that are listed on this page.A bustling center with high-quality jobs
  • 420 units of vitally needed housing for all income levels, including 100 units of affordable housing
  • Ample parking for residents, employees and visitors
  • 2.5 acres of open space, including public plazas, parks, and pedestrian-friendly design
  • Preserving Our History: Connecting Esther Short Park and the historic core to the waterfront
  • Shopping & Dining: Featuring local retailers and restaurants
  • Protecting the Environment: Innovative sustainability solutions
  • Exploring the Outdoors: Walking, biking, relaxing in a plaza, and playing in the park
  • Life After 5 pm: Providing a wealth of entertainment, attractions and activities
    • Art installations, outdoor movies, and family-friendly concerts and events
    • Grab a bite to eat before taking an evening stroll in a plaza or along an interconnected network of on-site pathways

The Vancouver City Council designated the City Center Redevelopment Authority (CCRA) to lead the planning and development of the Waterfront Gateway site—including the selection of an experienced development partner. To redevelop the area into a thriving new downtown district, the CCRA:

  • Conducted a comprehensive community engagement & visioning process (2019-2021)
  • Issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for development teams (March 31, 2021)
  • Reviewed responses received from five highly qualified firms; conducted thorough interviews and assessments (Summer 2021)
  • Selected LPC West as the development and design partner (October 21, 2021)

The City and the CCRA have been working hand in hand with the LPC West Development & Design Team to finalize a master plan for five acres of the site and see the project through to fruition—ensuring the community’s input is a factor in key decisions every step of the way.

(VIEW: Community Visioning Process; RFQ Documents; Press Release & Conceptual Renderings)

The CCRA selected the LPC West Development & Design Team because of its proven experience designing and building commercial, retail, and multi-family housing in a multi-story, mixed-use environment, and in strategically located areas similar to Waterfront Gateway.

With LPC West as the lead developer, the team includes a diverse mix of highly seasoned professionals and firms that each bring specialized expertise and experience to the table, including:

LPC West is the west coast arm of national real estate development firm Lincoln Property Company, with a strong portfolio, access to capital, and capable development teams. The firm has developed millions of square feet of projects that are comparable and relevant to Waterfront Gateway—including the Port of Vancouver’s Terminal 1 redevelopment project, currently in progress.

“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 and historic core. We are proud to play a role in shaping this site and launching a new chapter for Vancouver and its residents.”

– Patrick Gilligan, EVP, LPC West, Pacific Northwest

The LPC West Team’s master site plan was organized to showcase the Vancouver waterfront, connect it to Esther Short Park, and maximize site use while balancing the surrounding community, with a multi-story, multi-zonal approach that includes:

  • Affordable and market-rate housing
  • Flexible office space
  • Local retail and restaurants
  • Multiple parking options
  • Public plazas and community spaces

The Development & Design Team established a compelling vision for the new district that aligns with the City’s and CCRA’s goals, community feedback from previous community engagement and visioning processes, and the following guiding principles:

  • Maximize value for all stakeholders
  • Connect the community and catalyze the area
  • Balance product types with market demands
  • Ensure the development reflects the community’s vision and values

Initial development concepts create a unique experience for residents, employees, and guests that is authentically Vancouver. With the new pedestrian-friendly Esther Street Tunnel, Waterfront Gateway will provide a key connection between downtown and the waterfront district, increasing activity and enhancing the community experience.

We invite you to learn more about LPC West’s development plans for Waterfront Gateway, including the various uses proposed for the new district and the various community amenities that will help define the site as a destination. View photos of the proposed development and share your thoughts in the survey below.

If you would like to share your opinions, track our progress, and stay on top of upcoming milestones and events—please reach out to the team at any time. We would love to hear from you!

During the Fall of 2019, the City also 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.

We invite you to share your input using the survey tool below. You can also join the project team to learn more and share your thoughts at these events:

  • Open House – Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 6:00 – 8:00PM
    City Hall Aspen Room, 415 W 6th Street, Vancouver

Thank you to the community members who provided their feedback at recent farmers markets:

We invite you to learn more about the project's amenities and FAQs. You can also view the Development & Design Team’s presentation at the CCRA meeting on June 16, 2022 or join us in person at one of the events listed above.


The CCRA Board approved an extension to its Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA) with developer LPC West at its October 20, 2022 meeting. The ENA is now extended to April 26, 2023 for the parties to negotiate a Disposition and Development Agreement (DDA).

A Vibrant New District for Downtown Vancouver

The Waterfront Gateway site features 6.4-acres of city-owned property in downtown Vancouver, WA, which is quickly becoming a vital economic catalyst for the region.

Providing a dynamic new district for locals and guests to enjoy, Waterfront Gateway is designed to honor the history and heritage of the city. The district will celebrate another exciting era of revitalization for Downtown and the Columbia River waterfront area.

Waterfront Gateway is strategically located between two important centers of redevelopment activity—the Columbia River waterfront and the historic downtown core. It is one of the largest undeveloped properties in the area, creating a major opportunity for housing and economic growth.

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

The project team is seeking your comments and reactions to the Waterfront Gateway district plan. Share your feedback by taking the short survey below.

The project team is listening—incorporating features and amenities that come directly from community input. After years of visioning and planning with local residents, business owners, and community organizations, Waterfront Gateway will connect the historic heart of the city to the resurgent Columbia River waterfront area. The district plans to include a wealth of benefits for the community, including:

  • This image includes a handout, which describes the amenities that are listed on this page.A bustling center with high-quality jobs
  • 420 units of vitally needed housing for all income levels, including 100 units of affordable housing
  • Ample parking for residents, employees and visitors
  • 2.5 acres of open space, including public plazas, parks, and pedestrian-friendly design
  • Preserving Our History: Connecting Esther Short Park and the historic core to the waterfront
  • Shopping & Dining: Featuring local retailers and restaurants
  • Protecting the Environment: Innovative sustainability solutions
  • Exploring the Outdoors: Walking, biking, relaxing in a plaza, and playing in the park
  • Life After 5 pm: Providing a wealth of entertainment, attractions and activities
    • Art installations, outdoor movies, and family-friendly concerts and events
    • Grab a bite to eat before taking an evening stroll in a plaza or along an interconnected network of on-site pathways

The Vancouver City Council designated the City Center Redevelopment Authority (CCRA) to lead the planning and development of the Waterfront Gateway site—including the selection of an experienced development partner. To redevelop the area into a thriving new downtown district, the CCRA:

  • Conducted a comprehensive community engagement & visioning process (2019-2021)
  • Issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for development teams (March 31, 2021)
  • Reviewed responses received from five highly qualified firms; conducted thorough interviews and assessments (Summer 2021)
  • Selected LPC West as the development and design partner (October 21, 2021)

The City and the CCRA have been working hand in hand with the LPC West Development & Design Team to finalize a master plan for five acres of the site and see the project through to fruition—ensuring the community’s input is a factor in key decisions every step of the way.

(VIEW: Community Visioning Process; RFQ Documents; Press Release & Conceptual Renderings)

The CCRA selected the LPC West Development & Design Team because of its proven experience designing and building commercial, retail, and multi-family housing in a multi-story, mixed-use environment, and in strategically located areas similar to Waterfront Gateway.

With LPC West as the lead developer, the team includes a diverse mix of highly seasoned professionals and firms that each bring specialized expertise and experience to the table, including:

LPC West is the west coast arm of national real estate development firm Lincoln Property Company, with a strong portfolio, access to capital, and capable development teams. The firm has developed millions of square feet of projects that are comparable and relevant to Waterfront Gateway—including the Port of Vancouver’s Terminal 1 redevelopment project, currently in progress.

“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 and historic core. We are proud to play a role in shaping this site and launching a new chapter for Vancouver and its residents.”

– Patrick Gilligan, EVP, LPC West, Pacific Northwest

The LPC West Team’s master site plan was organized to showcase the Vancouver waterfront, connect it to Esther Short Park, and maximize site use while balancing the surrounding community, with a multi-story, multi-zonal approach that includes:

  • Affordable and market-rate housing
  • Flexible office space
  • Local retail and restaurants
  • Multiple parking options
  • Public plazas and community spaces

The Development & Design Team established a compelling vision for the new district that aligns with the City’s and CCRA’s goals, community feedback from previous community engagement and visioning processes, and the following guiding principles:

  • Maximize value for all stakeholders
  • Connect the community and catalyze the area
  • Balance product types with market demands
  • Ensure the development reflects the community’s vision and values

Initial development concepts create a unique experience for residents, employees, and guests that is authentically Vancouver. With the new pedestrian-friendly Esther Street Tunnel, Waterfront Gateway will provide a key connection between downtown and the waterfront district, increasing activity and enhancing the community experience.

We invite you to learn more about LPC West’s development plans for Waterfront Gateway, including the various uses proposed for the new district and the various community amenities that will help define the site as a destination. View photos of the proposed development and share your thoughts in the survey below.

If you would like to share your opinions, track our progress, and stay on top of upcoming milestones and events—please reach out to the team at any time. We would love to hear from you!

During the Fall of 2019, the City also 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.

We invite you to share your input using the survey tool below. You can also join the project team to learn more and share your thoughts at these events:

  • Open House – Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 6:00 – 8:00PM
    City Hall Aspen Room, 415 W 6th Street, Vancouver

Thank you to the community members who provided their feedback at recent farmers markets:

We invite you to learn more about the project's amenities and FAQs. You can also view the Development & Design Team’s presentation at the CCRA meeting on June 16, 2022 or join us in person at one of the events listed above.


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