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Planned east Vancouver shopping center to include stores, restaurants

By , Columbian business reporter
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Gramor Development has submitted a preliminary application to build a new retail shopping center in east Vancouver, at the northwest corner of the intersection of Northeast 192nd Avenue and Southeast First Street.

The pre-application packet from the Tualatin, Ore.-based developer refers to the project as Lacamas Square. The 8 1/2 -acre project site borders the eastern side of the former English Pit gravel mine and is located along a rapidly developing stretch of 192nd Avenue to the east of the Columbia Tech Center.

Gramor’s proposed development would consist of six buildings, four of which would be for retail use and one of which would be a fast-food restaurant. One of the retail buildings would include a coffee shop and another would include a restaurant. The final building is listed only as “Tenant A.”

The proposed buildings range from 4,500 to 16,700 square feet, with about 54,500 square feet of total building area. The two largest buildings would be adjacent and located on the western side of the site, while the other four would be located along the southern and eastern sides. The four smaller buildings would all include drive-thru lanes.

The specific retail and food tenants have not been determined for any of the buildings, according to Gramor. The pre-application packet notes that the site’s zoning could allow for office uses in the buildings, although it states that no office uses are currently planned. The plan includes 451 parking spaces.

The entire development would be completed in a single phase, according to the pre-application packet. The packet does not list a projected opening date and only states that construction would begin once the project is approved and permits are issued.

Plans for a six-building retail center were first approved in 2002, according to Gramor’s pre-application packet, but the project was never able to move forward and the site is currently undeveloped except for two concrete building pads at the southeast edge.

In Vancouver, Gramor is best known as the lead developer for The Waterfront Vancouver and the builder of the first four buildings at the site. However, the company has developed or remodeled numerous other commercial sites in Clark County, including the 162nd Place shopping center, Battle Ground Market Center and Hazel Dell Square shopping center.

Gramor submitted the application in mid-December. A virtual pre-application conference with the city is scheduled for 9 a.m. Jan. 14.

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