The NW Natural Parade of Homes is drawing large crowds to Erickson Farms in Felida, with the number of visitors tracking at nearly double last year's attendance, according to the Building Industry Association of Clark County, an event sponsor.
Backers of a plan to transform Vancouver's former industrial waterfront into a place to live, work and play said Thursday they're making progress on multiple fronts, including negotiating the construction of restaurants, advancing key road improvements and planning a public park studded with attractions.
An apartment building for people who earn substantially less than the local average will start rising this year on a wedge of land between 15th Street and Mill Plain Boulevard, just west of Columbia Street, in downtown Vancouver. An existing office building on the southeast corner of the property, at Columbia and Mill Plain, will remain.
They may have seen it in plans already, but now motorists can see it in plain sight: They'll be driving a very different state Highway 502 between Interstate 5 and Battle Ground once crews finish expanding the corridor.
About all that's left of the old Erickson Farms in Felida are the memories of countless longtime Clark County residents who, as children, picked fruit and berries in those fields or who, as adults, bought those berries and other produce at the Erickson's farm store.
Employees of the telecommunications firm Integra, which recently moved its headquarters to Vancouver, enjoyed a warm community welcome Wednesday afternoon under sunny skies at their expansive campus-style offices at 18110 S.E. 34th St. in east Vancouver.
If they wait a while, carefully pick the right strategy and if they hit the right market conditions, the Port of Camas-Washougal and a private developer may be able to transform 40 acres of waterfront property into a profitable destination point that draws visitors from the Portland-Vancouver region.
Steakburger took its last food order May 29, ending a final burst of popularity that’s common when a long-loved but faded institution approaches its demise. This week, with the Golf-O-Rama miniature golf course and outbuildings already gone, the big machines got to the heart of the matter and leveled the restaurant that called 7120 N.E. Highway 99 its address for more than half a century.
May was another strong month for home sales in Southwest Washington, with the largest number of new listings for the month of May since 2008, as well as a quickened pace of sales compared to one year ago.
Lakewood, Colo.-based organic grocer Natural Grocers will hold a grand opening Tuesday for its first Clark County market, as it brings its no-frills concept to formerly vacant space in a Hazel Dell shopping center.
The strong gains in home prices of the previous two years are cooling down, according to a closely watched gauge, and many economists say that's a good thing for potential homebuyers struggling to break into the market.