Wal-Mart breaks ground in Orchards

By Gordon Oliver December 25, 2014 3:35 p.m.

Construction is about to begin on a long-planned Wal-Mart Supercenter in Orchards, on the south side of Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard, east of 147th Avenue.

Olson Engineering moves to former Sparks building

By The Columbian December 24, 2014 1:50 p.m.

Olson Engineering has consolidated its Vancouver offices to a new home in the former Sparks Home Furnishings building at 222 E. Evergreen Blvd.

Inspector robbed at vacant house in Kennewick

By Associated Press December 24, 2014 9:23 a.m.

KENNEWICK — A man hired to inspect a vacant bank-owned house in Kennewick found two men inside who assaulted and robbed him.

Apartments planned for downtown Vancouver

By Gordon Oliver December 24, 2014 6 a.m.

A five-story, 96-unit apartment complex is being proposed for a surface parking lot at West 13th and Columbia streets in downtown Vancouver, according to documents submitted to the city for preliminary review.

Port looks to hire site consultant for hotel, mixed-use plan

By Aaron Corvin December 22, 2014 4:35 p.m.

The Port of Vancouver is expected Tuesday to hire a consultant to help it develop a mixed-use building at its Terminal 1 waterfront property. The new structure would include space for Red Lion Hotels Corp., which now operates the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay at the port-owned site.

Self-employed find it's not easy to get a mortgage

By Tim Logan, Los Angeles Times December 21, 2014 6 a.m.

Despite often earning higher incomes, self-employed borrowers have a harder time getting a mortgage than their salaried peers, according to a new study out Thursday. And as the ranks of the self-employed grow, that's hindering the housing recovery.

National trust acquires Academy building

By Tom Vogt December 16, 2014 10:07 p.m.

One of the most historic buildings in the Pacific Northwest has entered a new era, with Fort Vancouver National Trust acquiring the Academy building in downtown Vancouver.

Trail Tech expands in Battle Ground

By Justin Runquist December 12, 2014 6 a.m.

In the quiet southeast reaches of Battle Ground, business is bustling for Trail Tech as the high-tech company prepares for a massive expansion.

Ridgefield group means business

By Justin Runquist December 10, 2014 6 a.m.

As Ridgefield continues to rank among Washington's fastest-growing cities, a consortium of business owners and residents hopes to ensure its quiet downtown streets keep pace with the rest of the city.

Port mulls plans for 108-acre Centennial site

By Aaron Corvin December 8, 2014 4:44 p.m.

The Port of Vancouver is expected Tuesday to update its big-picture plan for making land and building improvements, including considering a series of proposals that would advance the development of its 108-acre Centennial Industrial Park.

Portland man buys Luepke Florist, its art deco building

By Sue Vorenberg December 8, 2014 4:28 p.m.

Bruno Amicci has a deep fascination with the 1930s and with the art, film and culture from a time when America — even after being knocked around in the Great Depression — retained a profound sense of inventiveness and optimism.

Builder fits three homes on single parcel in Hough area

By LILY RAFF McCAULOU for The Columbian December 7, 2014 6 a.m.

In July, Nancy Schultz sold her home in Battle Ground, moved into a Vancouver rental apartment and began looking for the perfect home within walking distance to downtown. The retired attorney knew exactly what she wanted: an old house, full of charm but recently renovated to minimize upkeep.

Cain: Waterfront hotel construction to start in '15

By Aaron Corvin December 4, 2014 7:41 p.m.

The leader of a $1.3 billion commercial and residential redevelopment of Vancouver’s waterfront said Thursday he’s inked a deal to build a 10-story hotel as part of the project and that the hotel would begin construction in 2015.

Parking at premium near Union High

By Tyler Graf November 26, 2014 2 p.m.

Residents of a Clark County subdivision between Vancouver and Camas are considering rules that would dictate who could park in their neighborhood — but their plans might not stop there.

Panera rises at Steakburger site

By Gordon Oliver November 21, 2014 5:28 p.m.

Steakburger is gone, but the beloved fast-food joint won't be forgotten at its former home in Hazel Dell.