Opened in February 2003, the Vancouver Gustav’s location was the instantly popular outpost of German food and beer popularized by legendary restaurateur Horst Mager, Briede’s father, who founded Der Rheinlander restaurant in Portland in 1963. It closed in 2017.
The plans submitted to the city call for the existing 7,814-square-foot building to be expanded by an additional 1,718 square feet, allowing space for the facility to serve 154 children.
The pre-planning narrative also proposes that the parking lot be reduced to make way for a playground and 11,000 square feet of landscaped area.
Higher Ground Education owns and operates more than 100 Montessori schools in North America, Europe and Asia. Its Guidepost Montessori brand, which is mentioned in the pre-planning documents, serves students in their early years.
“Guidepost Montessori follows five core values dedicated to fostering independence, creativity and intelligence, confidence and responsibility within the children,” the pre-planning narrative read.
Guidepost Montessori doesn’t generally build or purchase buildings based on speculation, the pre-planning narrative stated.
“The subject property is being acquired because there is an existing demand for day care in the immediate area,” read the document.
The narrative stated that traffic generation for the property would be low and spread throughout the day.
A representative from Higher Ground Education didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.