Purpose of the Project
The goal of the Waterfront Revitalization project is to bring a higher and better use to the property directly east of the Port’s Marina.
PLANNING FOR NEWLY ACQUIRED WATERFRONT PROPERTY BEGINS
[Updated April 2013]
How Did We Get Here?
Director Ripp secured a $200,000 Integrated Planning Grant (IPG) to evaluate the environmental condition of the waterfront property (formerly the Hambleton Bros. Lumber Co.) prior to purchase. After reviewing all reports, the Commission decided to move forward and in November 2012, the Port finalized negotiations to purchase 13.23 acres of the waterfront property from developer Killian Pacific. “The goal of both the Port and Killian is to bring this property to a higher and better use and, to that end, plan to work together on a cohesive development for the entire site,” said David Ripp, Port Executive Director. “We also plan to seek additional grant finding for development of the Waterfront Revitalization project.”
Recreational Element / Clean-Up Process / Trail Design
In March 2013, a team was formed with the experience, expertise, and familiarity with the Port to develop the vision for the newly acquired Waterfront Property. Contracts were signed with:
- Rod Orlando Technical Writing & Planning, to update the Port’s Recreational Facilities Element of its Comprehensive Scheme, an important piece of the grant application process.
- Maul, Foster & Alongi, the firm who led the IPG process, to begin the clean-up process, including obtaining grant funding, construction oversight and post-construction monitoring. Jim Maul, President and Principal Hydrogeologist for MFA, talked about the work ahead, stating that “the clean-up will be done with the development plans in mind for this site.”
- BERGER/Abam to develop a trail design that will one day connect to existing pathways, where the public can walk from Vancouver’s waterfront to Capt. William Clark Park, and beyond. They will provide the design and concepts for the Recreational Facilities Element, mentioned above.
Stakeholder interviews were conducted on April 18, 19 and 22, and a summary is available now. See the “2013 Public Process” box on the right.
The process continues with a Recreation and Trails Survey now online. The survey is a perfect opportunity to tell us what you like and enjoy at the Port now, as well as what you would like to see in the future regarding design of a new trail and park on the waterfront property east of the Marina.
Open Houses on July 30th and September 24th will feature updates on the waterfront clean-up, as well as the preliminary design work on layout of the new trail and park.
At the conclusion of the Survey, the data will be provided to the consultant writing the ‘Recreational Element’ of the Port’s Strategic Plan.