The city of Vancouver is seeking a developer to transform 6.4 acres of land near City Hall into a pedestrian-friendly urban area with the same grandeur as the Waterfront Vancouver.
There’s no shortage of contenders vying to develop the “Waterfront Gateway,” which encompasses an area south of City Hall, the Hilton Vancouver Washington and West Sixth Street, between Columbia Street to the east and Grant Street to the west.
Twenty-eight developers and 14 design firms have already expressed interest in submitting designs and plans to build and finance the project, according to John Collum, the city’s economic development principal planner.
“There have been some developers that have been actively keeping up with where we’re going with this over the past couple of years,” he said.
The city is looking for a development partner with the qualifications, experience and financial background to lead the project. The city’s window for applications lasts three months; the City Center Redevelopment Authority board will review the submittals in July and August, though the timeline is flexible, Collum said.