The Summer Preview is Over

waterfront earlier this year

How about that weather last week? That was definitely an excellent ‘movie trailer’ for the Vancouver summer. But like all previews it was a mere tease to tide us over till the full length feature arrives in town sometime around the 4th of July. This week is scheduled for a more springlike spring weather. Some clouds, some showers, and some cooler temps too.

But that’s all fine we need the rain, right?  Soggy or sunny we are in the thick of a beautiful spring and all of the wonderful events are scheduled and running like the Farmer’s Market at 8th and Esther every weekend. This summer season will be a great test of the new waterfront’s draw. Despite doubling the restaurant count from last fall’s grand opening, they still seem to pack them in especially on weekends and nice days.

Downtown has some changes to the plans especially Block Ten. I wrote about the new Block Ten proposal on Urban Living in the ‘Couv’, check link here.  The proposal by waterfront developer, Gramor for a mixed use tower with a grocer on the ground floor has been replaced with a new world headquarters office tower for Holland Partner Group. Holland develops and runs urban residential projects all over the west including our very own Vancouver Center apartments that overlook Esther Short Park. Holland currently works from the 7th floor of Main Place. The good news is that the long empty lot will get built quickly as Holland is ready to go. Holland is also building the 4th tower at Vancouver Center starting this year as well.

These are exciting times for America’s Vancouver. The city has emerged from under the shadow of the larger city of Portland. Our own skyline is being transformed and our waterfront is already one of the hottest destinations in the region. They are only getting started as phase one is not even complete yet. Terminal one for the Port of Vancouver will soon see a flurry of activity beginning with the ground prep for the AC Marriott hotel which is the first project planned for that massive renewal development.

On the east end of the city, initial infrastructure is in for the massive Columbia Palisades mixed use urban center at 192nd and SR-14.  Things are moving in the right direction and investment cash is flowing into Vancouver. This is turning our local economy into a job machine, and jobs are good!

Ah the ‘Couv’ life; it is good.

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