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Plans for Vancouver church’s former parcels are progressing

Apartments are slated for 7½-acre and 2-acre lots next to Fourth Plain Church of the Nazarene

By , Columbian staff writer
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A 36-unit multi-family apartment project has been proposed on the property currently home to a parking lot for Fourth Plain Church of the Nazarene.
A 36-unit multi-family apartment project has been proposed on the property currently home to a parking lot for Fourth Plain Church of the Nazarene. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Plans to develop the land next to Fourth Plain Church of the Nazarene are moving forward, according to pre-planning documents submitted to the city of Vancouver.

In 2020, the church began selling off parts of its land to pay for a new sanctuary. It first sold 7½ acres and then another 2 acres. At the time, the church community had planned to build a 20,000-square-foot facility to incorporate worship and Sunday school in a single building.

A representative from the east Vancouver church didn’t immediately respond to inquiries on how plans have progressed.

The recently acquired 2.08-acre property, located on Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard just east of Northeast 162nd Avenue, was purchased in September by developer William Maitland for $1.9 million.

Maitland, who owns Vancouver-based PROM LLC, is associated with many local real estate developments, including Meadow Heights and Idylwood Mobile Home Park in Vancouver, as well as Westwood Commons and Prairie Park One in Brush Prairie, according to state records.

Maitland also developed and sold two apartment complexes, Fountain Village Apartments and Promenade Apartments, near Prairie High School in 2021, according to Columbian archives. Fountain Village sold for $35.5 million, while Promenade sold for $23.5 million. Both were purchased by the Canadian real estate investment trust Rise Properties.

Maitland owns both of the parcels of land surrounding the church, which amount to almost 10 acres in all. Both properties are zoned for higher-density housing. The Nazarene church owns two additional nearby parcels, in addition to the parcel on which the main church sits.

Maitland didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

Development of the larger Maitland-owned parcel has already been preliminarily approved, according to the pre-planning documents submitted to the city of Vancouver. It is also slated to be an apartment complex: Heritage Park Apartments. Work has already begun on this project.

The smaller parcel, which is being now being considered for approval from the city, is currently used as a parking lot for the church. Single-family homes line its western edge.

The development plans call for three buildings, each with three stories and 12 units — 36 units in all, according to the pre-planning documents. The project is called Heritage Park Apartments North.

The preliminary site plan shows a play structure and 78 parking spaces, including three accessible ones.

It’s also been proposed that Northeast 66th Way be extended into the Heritage Park developments.

The Heritage Park Apartments North project is expected to break ground next spring, according to the pre-planning documents.

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