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Multifamily homes on the rise on border of Vancouver, Camas

Developer: $1.25M town homes can be both a ‘downsize and upgrade’

By , Columbian Innovation Editor
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Cars bustle down Highway 14, hundreds of feet below the deck of a town home at the Boulder Ridge development in the Columbia Palisades neighborhood on the border of Vancouver and Camas. The Boulder Ridge development is expected to be complete within a year.
Cars bustle down Highway 14, hundreds of feet below the deck of a town home at the Boulder Ridge development in the Columbia Palisades neighborhood on the border of Vancouver and Camas. The Boulder Ridge development is expected to be complete within a year. (Joshua Hart/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

A grouping of two new multifamily housing complexes is rising on a ridge overlooking the soon-to-be developed Columbia Palisades area, formerly the Fisher Quarry on the border of Vancouver and Camas.

The projects are both from local developers: Kirkland Development is building an apartment building and condominium building called the Ledges at Columbia Palisades. Romano Capital Inc. is building a cluster of town homes called Boulder Ridge, which is already under construction on the overlook above the former quarry.

The Boulder Ridge developments are one of the newest projects from Romano Capital, which also built condos in the 2 Creeks at Camas Meadows area and is also building town homes near McMenamins on the Columbia.

The Boulder Ridge town homes are appealing to “snowbirds” — people who live in the Pacific Northwest in the warmer months and move to California or Arizona in the colder months, said Kess Romano, president of Romano Capital.

“A big part of our clients are already Clark County residents or from Oregon,” Romano said. “A lot of homeowners in Clark County are selling homes and moving into town homes. The town homes are a downsize and upgrade. They can sell their $1.5 million home, buy a town home and still have an upgrade with the amenities. And they don’t have to do as much maintenance. The HOA takes care of maintenance.”

The modern-looking Boulder Ridge town homes have a spectacular view of the Columbia River, and massive windows on the two floors of the town homes frame the scene.

“You can feel like you can reach out and touch the river,” said Reid Isaacson, director of development for Romano Capital. “When it’s sunny, the river gets lit up. On a clear day, you can see Mount Jefferson.”

Ronhovde Architects designs the units with optional elevator shafts that can be used as storage units. There are soundproof windows, an open floor plan for the bottom floors and gas fireplaces. The units, 24 in total, are already being sold for about $1.25 million, Isaacson said.

Romano said workers will be close to finishing every building by end of the year.

Ledges by Kirkland

Neighboring the Boulder Ridge project, the Kirkland development The Ledges at Columbia Palisades will give homebuyers more options that aren’t single-family homes. The apartment and condominium buildings will offer nearly 200,000 square feet of development, and are set to be completed in 2022.

“The design was laid out on the lot to capture breathtaking views from both buildings,” said Dean Kirkland, chairman of Kirkland Development. “We’ve specifically planned rooftop amenities that will let residents and tenants enjoy views of Mount Hood and the Columbia. Our company has been a big part of the development on the 192nd corridor, and our Ledges project is going to be a great addition to the Columbia Palisades development.”

Kirkland is in a permitting stage for all three phases of the project — parking podium, apartments and condominiums, according to Dana Gardner, director of project development. Workers have started grading and will begin building in the next few months.

The Ledges Apartments is a five-story, 90-unit building with studios, lofts, and one- and two-bedroom apartments, according to the project website. The building has an outdoor covered pool, fitness center and a community room.

The Ledges Condominiums is a five-story, 51-unit building, the website states. The condos range in size from one to three bedrooms. It also has an indoor/outdoor pool, and a fitness center.

Both the Kirkland and Romano developments will overlook the soon-to-be bustling Columbia Palisades development, which includes building plans from most of the major players in local development, including Cascadia Development and Hurley Development.

Former quarry

West of 192nd Avenue in the former quarry, Hurley Development plans on constructing 17 buildings on a 98.58-acre master lot. Proposed buildings include mixed-used housing, retail and workplace buildings. The plans call for 1,729 apartment units, accompanied by 2,921 parking spaces. A handful of restaurants are also set to go into the complex.

Areas to the east of 192nd Avenue are marked for about 84-acres of major development that includes multiple developers who are looking to match the size and scale of the Hurley Development, but only a Vancouver Clinic location has risen there thus far.

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