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Skybridge, new buildings part of vision for Vancouver’s Waterfront Gateway

By , Columbian Innovation Editor
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Conceptual renderings, which could change, of the Waterfront Gateway area next to City Hall show multifamily housing, a multistory parking garage and a skybridge over the railroad to Vancouver waterfront.
Conceptual renderings, which could change, of the Waterfront Gateway area next to City Hall show multifamily housing, a multistory parking garage and a skybridge over the railroad to Vancouver waterfront. (City of Vancouver) Photo Gallery

A developer has been selected for the city’s Waterfront Gateway, and early conceptual renderings show four new buildings, including a parking garage and a skybridge over railroad tracks leading to the Vancouver waterfront.

The Vancouver City Center Redevelopment Authority made the selection during a Wednesday meeting, landing on LPC West as the developer. LPC West is the West Coast branch of Lincoln Property Company. Lincoln is also developing part of the Port of Vancouver’s Terminal 1, where ZoomInfo will have its headquarters in 2025.

The Waterfront Gateway is in a 6.4-acre, triangle-shaped property around City Hall and north of the elevated railroad tracks. In April, the city requested developers to submit proposals for the area and had 28 developers interested.

The city also selected Perkins & Will as a design architect and Otak as an architect for the Waterfront Gateway. The city also chose PLACE as its landscaping architect and Colas Construction for its general contractor and affordable housing specialist.

“Our team is extremely excited to partner with the city to develop an important new district in Vancouver’s downtown with a vibrant connection to the waterfront,” said Patrick Gilligan, executive vice president for Lincoln Property Company’s Pacific Northwest region in a news release. “We are proud to play a role in shaping this site and launching a new chapter for Vancouver and its residents.”

The renderings, which are subject to change as the permitting and planning process advances, show the skybridge over the BNSF Railway. The railroad would need to grant permission for the skybridge. It was unclear Thursday if BNSF has granted permission.

Renderings also show a parking garage where the Webber Building stands. In the case that the city goes through with the rendering’s plans, the Webber Building would be demolished to make room for parking.

Renderings also show an outdoor market with vendor tents and food trucks, similar to a farmers market, south of City Hall. The Vancouver Farmers Market is just north of City Hall.

Few other details were released on Tuesday, including the cost of the development and plans for construction.

The city purchased the property in 2010, and last year it was appraised at $18.6 million.

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