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Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Sept. 27, 2023

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Offices planned for St. Johns, N.E. 68th in Minnehaha area

Light industrial facility also to include warehouse

By , Columbian staff writer

An office building and warehouse have been proposed for the southwest corner of Northeast 68th Street and Northeast St. Johns Road in Vancouver, according to pre-planning documents submitted to the city of Vancouver.

The initial building is part of a phased development that would ultimately take up 5.42 acres of undeveloped land along Northeast 68th Street near Vancouver’s Minnehaha neighborhood. The land, which is comprised of multiple parcels, is zoned light industrial.

The first phase will include a two story, 5,000-square-foot office building with a single-story, 12,600-square-foot warehouse. A parking lot for 19 cars, one of which would be handicapped-accessible, is also planned.

The development proposed a 30-foot-wide full turn curb at the northwest corner of the development.

There is already an industrial development in the surrounding neighborhood, as well as multifamily and single-family homes.

The building doesn’t have a tenant at this time but is rather intended to be built on speculation. Its hours of operation will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. with deliveries to be made in the morning hours, according to the pre-planning documents.

RSV Building Solutions, the applicant for the project, proposed that construction begin this summer, running until November.

“The proposed development is in the public interest because it complies with the comprehensive plan policies promoting economic development,” reads the pre-planning documents. “It also complies with zoning and development codes insuring compatibility with surrounding uses.”

Vancouver-based RSV Building Solutions was founded in 1974 and has worked on many local developments over the years, including the renovation of the green Share headquarters on Northeast Andresen Road in Vancouver and the 139th Street Medical Plaza in Salmon Creek.

Representatives for the development did not immediately return requests for comment.

The development is not large enough to be impacted by the city of Vancouver’s moratorium on large warehouse developments.