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.

During a City Council Workshop on August 17, 2020, the Mayor and Councilmembers received a project update featuring an overview of the CCRA’s project leadership, the Community Vision developed for the RFQ, tasks related to public facilities to be accommodated on the site (parking garage and potential Convention Center expansion), and project schedule that moves issuing the master developer RFQ to Fall 2020.

On September 17, 2020, the CCRA Board received a presentation on how the Community Vision for the site is being integrated into the RFQ through precedent imagery of analogous placemaking developments and urban spaces for comparison and conceptual sketches and plans for the special district envisioned for the site. The Board provided comments on the imagery and sketches, along with direction on the inclusion or handling of specific items within the RFQ.

Upcoming meetings featuring Waterfront Gateway:

Presentations and related materials can be found in the Document Library to the right. Audio/video of the meetings can be found by clicking on the meeting dates above.



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.

During a City Council Workshop on August 17, 2020, the Mayor and Councilmembers received a project update featuring an overview of the CCRA’s project leadership, the Community Vision developed for the RFQ, tasks related to public facilities to be accommodated on the site (parking garage and potential Convention Center expansion), and project schedule that moves issuing the master developer RFQ to Fall 2020.

On September 17, 2020, the CCRA Board received a presentation on how the Community Vision for the site is being integrated into the RFQ through precedent imagery of analogous placemaking developments and urban spaces for comparison and conceptual sketches and plans for the special district envisioned for the site. The Board provided comments on the imagery and sketches, along with direction on the inclusion or handling of specific items within the RFQ.

Upcoming meetings featuring Waterfront Gateway:

Presentations and related materials can be found in the Document Library to the right. Audio/video of the meetings can be found by clicking on the meeting dates above.


  • Potential Public Benefits

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    08 Oct 2019
    CLOSED: This public engagement period has ended.
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    As part of the July visioning workshop, attendees were asked to prioritize public benefits that may be required or encouraged in the Waterfront Gateway area. the responses included the following list of benefits and amenities:

    • Parking
    • Pedestrian connections
    • Land for food carts & start ups
    • Active ground floors
    • Cross-site connectivity & paths
    • Carousel
    • Affordable/middle housing
    • Linear park
    • Adaptive reuse of the Webber building
    • Central public space
    • Institutional uses
    • Theater
    • Farmers market
    • Plaza
    • Museum
    • Cultural Amenities

    What's missing from the list? What would you like to see emphasized?

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    When you're done here, please go back to the Waterfront Gateway Project page and complete the final "4. The Wish Tree" exercise!