Single-family subdivision proposed for quarry site

120 homes would be built at East Vancouver site

By Gordon Oliver, Columbian Business Editor

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Owners of the inactive Evergreen Quarry in east Vancouver are proposing to build 120 single-family homes on an approximately 19-acre property after elevating the site by 40 to 45 feet with fill material, according to an application filed with the Vancouver Community and Economic Development office.

The proposed Evergreen Villas subdivision would be on residentally zoned land south of Northeast 18th Street between Northeast 155th and 152nd avenues, according to an application now under city review. The former gravel mine, which is undergoing reclamation, is owned by Evergreen Quarry LLC of Battle Ground.

The housing would be built in four phases starting at the south end of the site. Construction on the first phase is scheduled to begin early next year, according to the application.

The subdivision would have access to the street system in the residential neighborhood off Northeast 155th Avenue, according to the application.

It would be built in four phases, with Phase 1 construction to start early next year, the application says.

Planning for the development is in a preliminary phase and the application does not list a project developer, said Eric Golemo, owner of SGA Engineering & Design, the property owner’s representative on the city application. Golemo said the development would probably offer homes in the $300,000 price range.

The quarry will not be brought up to street level of the surrounding neighborhood because of the vast volume of material that would be required, he said. A fill of that magnitude would be a “waste of resources,” he said.

Other former quarries have been redeveloped in east Vancouver, Golemo said, most notably the current Columbia Tech Center property. For the residential neighborhood surrounding the Evergreen Quarry, “we think homes will be better than a mine,” Golemo said.

The project requires a subdivision review by the city of Vancouver. A hearing examiner will consider the application Oct. 2. Comments sent to the city by July 9 will be part of a staff report.

More information is available from Patti McEllrath at 360-487-7893 or patti.mcellrath@cityofvancouver.us.

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