Waterfront Gateway Project

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The third and final Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) have been posted in the Project Documents section of this page. Responses to the Request for Qualifications are due no later than 3 PM PT on Tuesday, June 29, 2021.

The chance to vision and design a prime site in downtown Vancouver is now open to developers.

The Vancouver City Center Redevelopment Authority (CCRA) is seeking a development team for a 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.

The CCRA has issued a Request for Qualifications: Development Opportunity for a New District in Downtown Vancouver (RFQ). Responses are due by 3 p.m. June 29, 2021.

The RFQ is available in the Document Library found on this page.

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, 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 RFQ is an important step toward shaping the heart of downtown Vancouver by creating a fun, innovative and inspiring district connecting Esther Short Park to our vibrant waterfront," said CCRA Board President Richard Keller. “Accessibility, inclusion and providing a place available to all income levels will be a major focus of our efforts.”

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.


The third and final Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) have been posted in the Project Documents section of this page. Responses to the Request for Qualifications are due no later than 3 PM PT on Tuesday, June 29, 2021.

The chance to vision and design a prime site in downtown Vancouver is now open to developers.

The Vancouver City Center Redevelopment Authority (CCRA) is seeking a development team for a 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.

The CCRA has issued a Request for Qualifications: Development Opportunity for a New District in Downtown Vancouver (RFQ). Responses are due by 3 p.m. June 29, 2021.

The RFQ is available in the Document Library found on this page.

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, 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 RFQ is an important step toward shaping the heart of downtown Vancouver by creating a fun, innovative and inspiring district connecting Esther Short Park to our vibrant waterfront," said CCRA Board President Richard Keller. “Accessibility, inclusion and providing a place available to all income levels will be a major focus of our efforts.”

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.