It’s almost checkout time for the former Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay.
The red-trimmed riverside building with its massive rooftop sign stands just west of the Interstate 5 Bridge and has been one of downtown Vancouver’s most prominent visual landmarks for decades. A year from now, it will be gone.
Washington’s capital budget for the next two years, approved by the state legislature last weekend and awaiting Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature, includes $1 million to demolish the aging building as part of the Port of Vancouver’s Terminal 1 redevelopment project.
The master-planned project calls for the 10-acre site to be redeveloped as a mixed-use community hub, with a new riverside public market center to replace the hotel building. The pier beneath the building will also need to be removed and rebuilt due to its age and seismic vulnerability.
The latest round of state funding will cover demolition of only the building, not the pier, according to port director of communications Therese Lang, but its inclusion in the budget does mean the port will be able to stick to its existing schedule for the building demolition, which calls for the work to begin toward the end of this year and wrap up in early 2022.