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Condominium development in works at old rock quarry

Ledges at Columbia Palisades at east Vancouver site north of Highway 14

By Calley Hair, Columbian staff writer
Published: July 10, 2019, 6:00am

New condominiums are in the works at an old rock quarry, part of a massive redevelopment underway on a site north of state Highway 14 in east Vancouver.

The seven-story condo, called the Ledges at Columbia Palisades, includes between 72 and 90 residential units and 201 parking spaces. It’s being built by Kirkland Development and Otak, a Portland architecture firm.

Kirkland and Otak submitted a pre-application conference request to the city of Vancouver on June 27.

Located on 1.3 acres on Lot 10 of the Columbia Palisades project, the new condos are set to be built at the northeast corner of Southeast Brady Road and Southeast Columbia Palisades Drive. The site can be accessed by Southeast Ascension Drive and eventually through F Street, a private road still under construction.

The land is zoned as Riverview Gateway Mixed Use.

The larger Columbia Palisades project — a huge overhaul of 84 acres at Exit 10 of Highway 14 — was announced in 2016, with completion scheduled for 2020.

For 135 years, the site sloping down toward the Columbia River had been home to a rock quarry called Fisher’s Quarry. But the plot will soon be home to a hotel, retail, office space, 50 homes, and more than 300 apartment and condominium units over a dozen blocks. When finished, the planned site will be enclosed by a wraparound trail and incorporate around 24 acres of open space.

“It will be a thriving, self-contained community before long,” Developer Ed Freeman with Columbia Palisades Corp., told The Columbian in 2016. “Certainly, it will have a great economic impact.”

The Columbia Palisades project is more than twice the size of the $1.5 billion Waterfront Vancouver development. It’s being branded by developers as the easternmost gateway to Vancouver — as a counterpart to waterfront development downtown.

On the company’s website, Freeman compared the Columbia Palisades to a “lifestyle center,” like the Pearl District in Portland.

“We’re really confident in the location — we will build it, and they will come,” he said.

Columbian staff writer