Redevelopment of Vancouver’s Heritage Square Slated to Begin this Summer
Construction for the redevelopment of Block 10, also known as Heritage Square, in downtown Vancouver, WA is anticipated to start in June/July 2020. Since the fall of 2019, Otak, working with developer Holland Partner Group, has provided land surveying, site civil engineering, and agency permitting support for the project.
Located between Columbia and Washington streets, and 8th and 9th streets, and less than one acre in size, the vacant lot is one of the last remaining undeveloped blocks in the downtown area. Block 10 is also the former site of the historic Lucky Lager Brewing Company with roots hailing back to the early 1930s. The brewery closed its doors in 1985 and sat dormant for years before the city of Vancouver purchased the land and demolished the old brewery in the early ’90s. Although various development projects have been considered by the city, the lot has remained vacant ever since.
Renderings courtesy of Ankrom Moisan Architects
Holland Partner Group’s development plan for Block 10 includes 105-110 apartment units, including 20% affordable housing; 80,000 square feet of office space; 12,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space; and an internal two-level parking garage. The project adds valuable commercial space to the downtown core and satisfies the city’s goal of expanding affordable housing units.
Tim Leavitt, PE, director of Otak’s Vancouver office is the project manager; Keith Buisman, PE and Rose Horton, PE, Otak Portland, are the project engineers. Ankrom Moisan is the project architect.