On Wednesday, I attended Fidelity Title’s annual “Growing Clark County” event for a sneak preview of major growth projects happening in Clark County over the next few years. And, without a doubt, Vancouver and Camas and beyond are set to experience continued growth with a lot of exciting new opportunities on the horizon.
First up was a quick overview from CREDC—the Columbia River Economic Development Council. They are in the first year of a 5-year plan to strengthen five sectors: the two legacy sectors of metals & machinery and computers & electronics, plus the three emerging growth sectors of clean/green technology, life sciences and software. In addition to expected strong growth projections bringing tons of new employment to the county, the Council is also seeing improved retention of employment in existing companies. In short, there should continue to be very strong job growth in Clark County.
Next up was a report on the Port of Vancouver’s upcoming Terminal 1 project, which will be situated on the current Warehouse 23 site between the new Waterfront and the I5 bridge. This will be the Port’s first venture into a public commercial space after about 100 years in existence. The centerpiece will be a 43,000sf public market with local vendors of all kinds, utilizing the original existing port warehouse. The project aims to complement the new Waterfront development and will include a hotel, offices, retail and residential—all situated around a public square and a variety of public spaces, including a reimagining of the existing amphitheater. Work begins this spring on what will become “Vancouver’s Front Porch.”
There was also a quick update on the Vancouver Waterfront project, which opened its first phase in the Fall of 2018, including the remarkable Grant Street Pier. Wildfin American Grill is already open, and will soon be followed by tenants such as Maryhill Winery, a hotel, over 400 apartments, condominiums, more parks and public spaces. There are still about ten additional parcels in the project to be developed and planned over the coming years.
Finally, we got a preview of the upcoming Columbia Palisades project on the Vancouver-Camas border at the 192nd exit off Highway 14. Since I do so much work in Camas, and have seen Camas grow so much since the early 1990s, this development has been of great interest. I get asked about it all the time, and it is nice to finally have some more details.
Being developed on the site of a former quarry, there will be several elevations on the site. The primary level will be filled with retail, offices, a hotel, and residential, all set along new streets and paths, plus a park with an amphitheater. Next up, there will be a collection of high-end townhomes on the bluff overlooking Brady Road and the Columbia River. Finally, the top of the site will have 58 single-family homes, many of which will have spectacular views, plus another public park. The developer is wrapping up the infrastructure phase this season and finishing up the plat map to guide the development process, so we likely won’t see any retail or residential activity for at least a couple years, but now we know what to expect.
If you ever have questions about what is coming up in Clark County or the PDX metro area, give me a call for an update. I’m always happy to help.