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Top Stories: Columbia Palisades, Rey Reynold investigation, Gustav’s new owner

By Amy Libby, Columbian Web Editor
Published: August 5, 2023, 6:00am

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Here are the top stories on columbian.com this week:

Columbia Palisades plan in east Vancouver adds 835 residential units, restaurants

Plans are officially in the works to develop the central mixed-use section of the Columbia Palisades redevelopment, according to pre-planning documents submitted to the city of Vancouver.

The property, which is owned by Columbia Palisades Corp., sits on the northeast corner of Southeast 192nd Avenue and Southeast Brady Road.

Vancouver Police Department investigation finds Rey Reynolds violated policies

Recently released documents shed light on the Vancouver Police Department policies that internal affairs investigators found Cpl. Rey Reynolds violated during and after his 2022 campaign for Clark County sheriff.

The department investigated four complaints against Reynolds, 64, since September. Of those, one remained active at the time of his June 29 retirement, while the other three were closed. The Columbian obtained the closed investigations, along with others since the beginning of 2022, through a public records request. The records included 1,600 pages of documents, 37 audio files and one video. The documents show Reynolds signed letters of discipline in several of the investigations in the days leading up to his retirement.

Clark County considers buying waste transfer stations

Ownership of the county’s Central, West Vancouver and Washougal waste transfer stations could change hands by the end of 2027. Four ownership options for the three stations, which provide waste disposal and recycling services, were presented to the Clark County Council during a July 26 work session.

Joelle Loescher, program manager for the county’s solid waste operations, said the purchase options were identified as part of a regional solid waste systems study. The second phase of the study was completed on June 30.

Noise wall takes shape on Highway 14 in Vancouver

Although some travelers lament that construction of a third lane on state Highway 14 between Southeast 164th Avenue and Interstate 205 can look stagnant, the Washington State Department of Transportation’s contractor is busy working on a noise wall along the north side of the highway.

Vancouver’s newest sound wall must be built before much of the roadway work and other construction activities can begin. It is 54 percent complete, with 255 of the 470 panels in place. The Washington State Department of Transportation’s contractor casts 16 panels each week and is on schedule to finish the wall by this fall.

Gustav’s new owners strive to ‘make things better’ at east Vancouver restaurant

Longtime German favorite Gustav’s is under new ownership. And the owners are familiar faces to those in Vancouver’s foodie community: Genaro Zurita Amaro and Jesus Amaro, owners of Amaro’s Table and Cecilia.

The men took ownership of Gustav’s, at 1705 S.E. 164th Ave., on July 1.