Welcome to Downtown Vancouver, WA
In 1997 the city of Vancouver decided to dedicate the next 15–20 years to redevelop and revitalize a huge portion of the downtown core. The first projects started in the early 2000s with the construction of many tall condominium structures around Esther Short park and in the Uptown Village neighborhood. The most lauded outside investment was the construction of a Hilton hotel directly across from the park. Currently the city is building a new shopping complex, including a recently finished Fred Meyer, just outside of the downtown core.
The Columbian newspaper finished building a new seven-story building adjacent to the Hilton in 2008 which due to financial strains in the company remained vacant and unused. Early in 2010, The Columbian filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and the building defaulted to Bank of America. In statement issued June 3, 2010 by City Manager Pat McDonnell, the City of Vancouver has reached a tentative agreement to purchase the former downtown Columbian office building for a fraction of the construction cost. Under the terms of the pending deal, the city will buy the two-year-old building and 5.14 acres (20,800 m2) for $18.5 million for use as a new city hall. Before giving up the building in bankruptcy, the owners of The Columbian office building had been asking $41.5 million. By making the move, the city will save $1 million annually it pays on leases to house about 300 employees in about five buildings around the city, McDonnell said in his announcement.
There are plans in the future for a new development along C Street in downtown that would include a new library (opened July 2011), a new Marriott hotel and roughly 250 new condominiums. Other planned projects include:
- Library Square – Mixed use project which includes a condominiums building, hotel/condominiums building, offices building, and a new main library.
- The Luxe – six-story offices and condominiums building.
- Waterfront Redevelopment – Which include 10K Residents Envision, Retails, Offices, Parks, and more.
- Prestige Plaza – six-story building which includes condominiums and offices.
- Columbia river crossing – project in which a new 10-lane bridge and transit will be built along Interstate 5 from Jantzen Beach area to downtown Vancouver
Courtesy of Wikipedia.org