The renderings that Kirkland Development and Otak Inc. submitted to the city of Vancouver for the site show a sleek and modern style of buildings that reflect The Waterfront Vancouver development to the west. They’ll be built upon an underground garage with 400 to 500 parking spots, according to the plans.
The buildings, with a blue-and-white appearance, are similar to the Kirkland Urban development in Kirkland, Wash., according to Dean Kirkland, chairman of Vancouver-based Kirkland Development.
The project will include an eight-story apartment building with 200 to 225 units and three retail buildings that are three or four stories tall. The total estimated cost is $150 million, Kirkland said.
Kirkland also plans on building outdoor escalators, likely the first in Vancouver, to bring people from the parking garage up to the eateries, shops and apartments.
Plans include a 25-foot-wide boardwalk that will connect The Waterfront Vancouver to the Columbia River Renaissance Trail.
The location now has a dilapidated wood boardwalk and fishing pier near the former Joe’s Crab Shack building. As part of the development plan, the current boardwalk and two buildings will be torn down.
“It’s seen better days,” Sharpe said. “I think if those renderings, if they come to fruition, it’s going to be an amazing place for Vancouver.”
Construction is planned for next summer, Kirkland said, and he intends to have the development up to LEED Gold standards for environmental friendliness.
“The site on the east side of the bridge is the first thing you see when you enter Vancouver from the south. It’s an iconic spot,” Kirkland said. “Vancouver’s got a great community.”