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.).

Three underpasses physically connect the site area to the waterfront. Strong view corridors reinforce visual connections from the City Hall Plaza and southwest corner of the Convention Center to the Waterfront. The underpass at Esther looking north frames the Waterfront Gateway site.

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


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).





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.).

Three underpasses physically connect the site area to the waterfront. Strong view corridors reinforce visual connections from the City Hall Plaza and southwest corner of the Convention Center to the Waterfront. The underpass at Esther looking north frames the Waterfront Gateway site.

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


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).




  • Potential Public Benefits

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    8 months ago
    CLOSED: This public engagement period has ended.

    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?

    Note that all comments submitted using this form will be visible for other people to see on this page. The only identifier included with your comment will be your username. No other information about you will be visible or accessible.

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

    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?

    Note that all comments submitted using this form will be visible for other people to see on this page. The only identifier included with your comment will be your username. No other information about you will be visible or accessible.

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