Vancouver may get a whole shipment of restaurants this spring.
Columbia Food Park, proposed at C-Tran’s former Seventh Street Transit Center in downtown, would deposit five metal shipping containers outfitted with kitchens into the site’s 4,500-square-foot courtyard. Co-founders Kylan Johnson, 24, and Alex Mickle, 29, hope to launch by May.
The two former neighbors, who only started working together within the past few months, envision the site as both a food cart pod like those in Portland as well as an incubator for the local food scene.
The business model isn’t set in concrete, but they want to recruit vendors not yet ready to invest in restaurant space.
“We want this to be a graduating step,” said Johnson. Columbia Food Park, meanwhile, would take on the hodgepodge roles of landlord, marketer and event manager.
Unique as its shipyard look would be, the project would also cater to the changing workforce in downtown Vancouver who put high priority on working close to bars, cafes and food carts. For local officials in economic development, the project could help keep and attract the young, professional workforce.