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Plan submitted to revamp former HP campus in east Vancouver

The Columbian
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The owners of the former HP inkjet printer campus on Southeast 34th Street in east Vancouver say they are pursuing a new plan to widen its use and create public access.

HP sold the 175-acre fenced campus 11 years ago and is now located in a large building near Southeast 164th Avenue and Mill Plain Boulevard. The company is planning to expand into a new development in the English Pit quarry west of Southeast 192nd Avenue and north of Southeast First Street.

New York-based New Blueprint Partners acquired the former HP campus, which encompasses six large buildings and is now called the Vancouver Innovation Center. NBP’s local consultants are writing a master plan.

“This property was originally designed to be a closed, industrial campus. We aim to open it up to its neighbors and the larger Vancouver community,” NBP Principal Marc Esrig said in a news release issued Monday. “By making it accessible and building a mix of uses, we can attract a range of employers and support live-work opportunities that create a vibrant destination for Vancouver and eastern Clark County.”

NBP proposes to develop the property in a phased approach, starting with upgrading existing buildings to retain current businesses and attract additional employers. Later phases include residential, including affordable and senior housing; retail, including shopping and restaurants; and additional office and light-industrial space.

NBP, with MacKay Sposito and Horenstein Law Group PLLC, is coordinating with the City of Vancouver to rezone the site and permit the development. Work on the first phase of development is expected to begin next winter.

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