Waterfront Gateway Project

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The 6.4-acre Waterfront Gateway area encompasses the largely undeveloped properties to the south and west of Vancouver City Hall (415 W. Sixth St.) and the Convention Center/Hilton Hotel in downtown Vancouver (see map below). Also included is the Webber office building and parking lot (400 Columbia St.).

The properties involved are all owned or indirectly controlled by the City of Vancouver.

Three underpasses physically connect the site area to the waterfront, while strong view corridors reinforce visual connections from the City Hall Plaza and southwest corner of the Convention Center to the waterfront. Esther Short Park, 6th Street, and Columbia Street connect the site area to parts of downtown to the north and east.


The City has begun preliminary planning for the Waterfront Gateway area in partnership with the City Center Redevelopment Authority (CCRA). CCRA, in its role of providing oversight and guidance to the City regarding downtown redevelopment efforts, will take a leading role in the project's planning and development. The City and CCRA have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding for this purpose.

The CCRA plans to select a master developer for the properties beginning with a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process in 2020.

Visioning Workshops

To provide prospective developers with a community vision for the site, the CCRA Board of Directors and several members of the public participated in a visioning workshop at a CCRA Board meeting in July 2019. High level concepts for the Waterfront Gateway area were developed at this workshop.

These concepts considered activities, destinations and places that would make Waterfront Gateway an inviting and active district in the future, including what types of public amenities might be included.

The community was invited to weigh in on the future of the Waterfront Gateway properties at a second visioning workshop on Sept. 19, 2019, at Vancouver City Hall.

Those who weren't able to attend the Sept. 19 community workshop were able to provide feedback on this website through Monday, Oct. 7, 2019.

The input received from the July and September visioning workshops and the website have been gathered into a draft Summary Memorandum prepared by the project consultant SERA Architects.

On November 21, 2019, the community visioning phase wrapped up at the CCRA’s monthly board meeting where a draft “Community Vision” excerpt from the upcoming master developer RFQ was presented. Board members and the public provided input on the draft excerpt, which will be revised based upon board direction.

If you would still like to submit comments about this project, you can contact John Collum at the City of Vancouver (see contact information in right sidebar).

Waterfront Gateway Updates

Since completion of the draft RFQ Community Vision last November, the CCRA Board has received several Waterfront Gateway updates from City staff and consultants.

The February 2020 update featured parking garage modeling/site capacity analysis and photos from the board’s tour of the Webber Building in December 2019.

The June 2020 update featured an update on the pandemic’s impact on the real estate market and the Waterfront Gateway project schedule and tasks, including a discussion on moving the RFQ release to Fall 2020.

Upcoming meetings featuring Waterfront Gateway:
September 17, 2020, 12:30 p.m.

Presentations and related materials, along with audio web links to the board meetings, can be found in the Document Library to the right or below.



The 6.4-acre Waterfront Gateway area encompasses the largely undeveloped properties to the south and west of Vancouver City Hall (415 W. Sixth St.) and the Convention Center/Hilton Hotel in downtown Vancouver (see map below). Also included is the Webber office building and parking lot (400 Columbia St.).

The properties involved are all owned or indirectly controlled by the City of Vancouver.

Three underpasses physically connect the site area to the waterfront, while strong view corridors reinforce visual connections from the City Hall Plaza and southwest corner of the Convention Center to the waterfront. Esther Short Park, 6th Street, and Columbia Street connect the site area to parts of downtown to the north and east.


The City has begun preliminary planning for the Waterfront Gateway area in partnership with the City Center Redevelopment Authority (CCRA). CCRA, in its role of providing oversight and guidance to the City regarding downtown redevelopment efforts, will take a leading role in the project's planning and development. The City and CCRA have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding for this purpose.

The CCRA plans to select a master developer for the properties beginning with a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process in 2020.

Visioning Workshops

To provide prospective developers with a community vision for the site, the CCRA Board of Directors and several members of the public participated in a visioning workshop at a CCRA Board meeting in July 2019. High level concepts for the Waterfront Gateway area were developed at this workshop.

These concepts considered activities, destinations and places that would make Waterfront Gateway an inviting and active district in the future, including what types of public amenities might be included.

The community was invited to weigh in on the future of the Waterfront Gateway properties at a second visioning workshop on Sept. 19, 2019, at Vancouver City Hall.

Those who weren't able to attend the Sept. 19 community workshop were able to provide feedback on this website through Monday, Oct. 7, 2019.

The input received from the July and September visioning workshops and the website have been gathered into a draft Summary Memorandum prepared by the project consultant SERA Architects.

On November 21, 2019, the community visioning phase wrapped up at the CCRA’s monthly board meeting where a draft “Community Vision” excerpt from the upcoming master developer RFQ was presented. Board members and the public provided input on the draft excerpt, which will be revised based upon board direction.

If you would still like to submit comments about this project, you can contact John Collum at the City of Vancouver (see contact information in right sidebar).

Waterfront Gateway Updates

Since completion of the draft RFQ Community Vision last November, the CCRA Board has received several Waterfront Gateway updates from City staff and consultants.

The February 2020 update featured parking garage modeling/site capacity analysis and photos from the board’s tour of the Webber Building in December 2019.

The June 2020 update featured an update on the pandemic’s impact on the real estate market and the Waterfront Gateway project schedule and tasks, including a discussion on moving the RFQ release to Fall 2020.

Upcoming meetings featuring Waterfront Gateway:
September 17, 2020, 12:30 p.m.

Presentations and related materials, along with audio web links to the board meetings, can be found in the Document Library to the right or below.