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Developer proposes Vancouver shopping center

Five buildings to include gas station, retail, dining, drive-thru food and coffee

By , Columbian business reporter

A developer has submitted a preliminary application to build a five-building shopping center near Seton Catholic High School at the north edge of Vancouver, near the Interstate 205 corridor.

The proposed development, tentatively named the Vancouver Center, would be on a 4.2-acre property at the corner of Northeast 64th Avenue and Northeast 88th Street, across the street from the north Vancouver Costco.

The property consists of five commercial lots, all of which are currently vacant. It was prepared for development in 2009 as part of a planned project called the Padden Employment Center, and it is bordered by Northeast 88th Street, Northeast 64th Avenue and a private street that branches off from 64th Avenue and wraps around the site to connect back with 88th Street.

The proposed buildings range from 3,000 square feet to 7,500 square feet, with 137 parking spaces in the areas in between. One building would be a gas station with a convenience store and two others would be quick-serve, drive-thru restaurants.

Most of the fourth building would be a single retail space, with the remaining square footage saved for drive-thru coffee shop. The fifth and largest building would be divided into a sit-down restaurant, a dental office and a retail section.

All five buildings would be constructed simultaneously, according to the pre-application packet. The packet does not mention any specific commercial tenants.

The pre-application was submitted by AKS Engineering and Forestry on behalf of California-based applicant Covenant Real Estate Group and property owner Aspen Across the Street LLC. A pre-application conference with the city of Vancouver is scheduled for 11 a.m. March 5.

Cascade Dental

Less than half a mile away from the proposed shopping center, an unrelated project is in the works: A developer has submitted plans to convert the roughly 3,500-square-foot PacWash Auto Spa building at 8603 N.E. Andresen Road into a new office for a dental company called Cascade Dental.

The renovation would include the addition of a roughly 1,500 square feet on the west side of the building to bring the total space up to 5,000 square feet. The site’s parking lot would be expanded from 12 to 25 spaces.

The project would tentatively begin in winter 2020, according to the pre-application packet. The pre-application was submitted by LLB Architecture on behalf of property owner PAC312 NW, LLC.

A pre-application conference with the city of Vancouver is scheduled for 10 a.m. March 5.