The city of Vancouver and real estate company Kirkland Development are hammering out the details of a proposed public boardwalk and mixed-use development on a plot of land directly east of the Interstate 5 Bridge – the 2.3-acre area currently occupied by longtime restaurant Who Song & Larry’s and the former Joe’s Crab Shack.
“This is really the gateway to not only the city of Vancouver, but the state of Washington,” Vancouver City Councilor Bart Hansen said during a workshop on the project Monday afternoon.
“When travelers are coming over the I-5 Bridge going northbound, this is the first thing that they’re seeing as they enter our state and enter our city; and right now, I think we can do a lot better. In fact, right now I think it’s a bit of an eyesore.”
The new development would include four buildings with restaurants and retail on the ground floor, up to 220 high-end apartment units above and an underground parking garage with 309 spaces.
According to Chad Eiken, Vancouver’s community and economic development director, the agreement would require Kirkland Development to complete the project in the next decade.