740-space parking garage coming to Waterfront Vancouver as soon as 2021

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The Waterfront Vancouver could be getting a central parking garage as soon as 2021, according to a pre-application packet submitted to the city of Vancouver last week.

The preliminary application calls for a seven-story structure with 12,700 square feet of ground floor retail and approximately 740 parking spaces on the levels above.

The proposal comes from Tualatin, Ore.-based Gramor Development, which has spearheaded the overall Waterfront development project and built four of the area’s existing buildings: the Redivia apartment tower, the Murdock office building and the two restaurant buildings flanking the Grant Street Pier.

The proposed garage would be located on block 7 of the Waterfront, at the eastern corner of Grant Street and Columbia Way, on the block between the RiverWest apartment building and the railroad berm. The block is one of several along the northern side of the Waterfront that are currently used for paved surface parking.

The proposal comes as something of a surprise – officials at Gramor Development have previously spoken in general terms about the long-term need for a garage to serve the Waterfront district as it continues to grow, but such plans were described as being far in the future, once more buildings are constructed.

According to the pre-application packet, the garage is intended to replace the surface lots on blocks 5, 7, 10 and 11 – a total of 492 spaces – allowing those blocks to be marketed for sale and development. The 144 surface spaces on block 7 would be relocated to one of blocks 1, 2, 13, 19 or a combination of them.

The pre-application proposal calls for construction to begin in the late summer of 2020 and continue for approximately 10 months.

A pre-application conference with the city is scheduled for 11 a.m. June 13.

This story will be updated.

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