The Vancouver Waterfront development might be the most anticipated project in the city, but developer Ryan Hurley believes his plans to redevelop two and a half city blocks near the state Highway 14 and Interstate 5 interchange will set a precedent for the future of the city’s urban core.
“While the waterfront project is absolutely significant to this downtown’s revitalization, this project is the gateway,” he said. “What I build here incredibly matters because it will speak to where our city is going.”
When completed, the two new buildings on West Fifth and West Third streets will stand six stories high. One will be for offices and the other may be a hotel. To passers-by and potential future residents of the metro area, Hurley thinks the buildings will say Vancouver is making strides into a vibrant future and has more appeal than any other Portland suburb.
“This area is incredibly deficient as far as its appeal,” Hurley said. “It’s been an eyesore, a burden to downtown, yet it is one of the most visually important areas to the entire downtown corridor.”
South and east of Esther Short Park, the blocks are home to an empty lot, a couple of parking lots, a restored building housing Pacific Energy Concepts, and the old Eagle Automotive building.