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Apartments planned along Columbia River between Camas, Washougal

242-unit Ninebark to be situated just east of port

By , Columbian business reporter
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Concept art shows the clubhouse at the planned 242-unit Ninebark apartment complex in Camas. Developer Killian Pacific unveiled the project Thursday.
Concept art shows the clubhouse at the planned 242-unit Ninebark apartment complex in Camas. Developer Killian Pacific unveiled the project Thursday. (Killian Pacific) Photo Gallery

Portland-based development firm Killian Pacific has announced plans for a 242-unit apartment project called Ninebark, located next to the Parker’s Landing area along the Columbia River between Camas and Washougal.

The complex will be built on a 9-acre site a short distance east of the Port of Camas-Washougal. The area between is also slated to be redeveloped into a commercial and mixed-use center as part of a separate master planned project from the port in partnership with RKm Development.

Construction on Ninebark is anticipated to begin in the fall of 2021, with the first units opening up about a year later, according to a press release from Killian Pacific. The complex will include eight three-story apartment buildings with units ranging from one to three bedrooms.

The community is being designed by Portland-based Holst Architecture, and will feature energy-efficient buildings with locally sourced wood. It will “target a sustainability certification while aiming for carbon neutrality and favoring biophilic design,” according to the press release.

In a virtual presentation Friday, Kevin Valk of Holst Architecture stated that the buildings would be broken up into 12-unit “modules” with separate interior entrance hallways rather than exterior stairs.

The project will include pedestrian connections to the port’s redevelopment area to the west, Valk said. The port project is expected to begin construction in 2022, according to port CEO David Ripp.

“With Ninebark, we envision a sustainable, equitable and accessible waterfront community that offers an experience, with access to nature and amenities alike, that is unlike anything else in the market,” Killian Pacific director of development Michi Slick said in a statement.

Slick said the company expects Southwest Washington to continue to be a popular moving destination due to job growth, schools and the tax advantage over Oregon.

The units will be designed to provide large living spaces, according to the press release, because the company foresees a higher proportion of people working from home even after the COVID-19 pandemic ends.

The project will include a freestanding clubhouse building with views of the Columbia River and Mount Hood, which will include a fitness center and a shared gear shed for bikes, kayaks and other outdoor equipment, according to the press release.

The presentation also mentioned a community library, catering kitchen and barbecue pits, and outlined plans for a 1.2-acre park area along the south edge of the property that would include a public lawn, multiple gardens and art installations.

Killian Pacific is known for several prominent projects around Portland, particularly in the city’s inner east side, as well as The Hudson office building in downtown Vancouver and the Grand Central commercial complex to the east. It also owns the Columbia Business Center south of Highway 14.