VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — The City of Vancouver will unveil its latest development along the Columbia River on Saturday.
What used to be an old paper mill and eyesore has been transformed into a world-class Waterfront near downtown Vancouver.
“We’ve replaced it with what we think is a top 5 destination for the Portland area,” project developer Barry Cain said.
Cain, who’s also the president of Gramor Development, along with the city started working on the Waterfront Project 13 years ago. Together, they’ve developed the first of its kind 7-acre riverside park. The centerpiece of the park is a 90-foot cable-stayed pier suspended over the water’s edge.
“I think people are going to be really pleasantly surprised when they come see it,” Cain told KOIN 6 News.
The Vancouver Waterfront Project will create a place where people can live, eat, shop, work and play — with its residential apartments, retail and office spaces along with high-end restaurants well on their way. Two restaurants already open on the Waterfront are WildFin American Grill and Twigs Bistro — both of which feature patio seating.
“Sometimes things don’t turn out as good as you think it would,” Cain said. “This one turned out better than I thought it would.”
From a vision to a reality, developers said the Waterfront is poised to transform the City of Vancouver.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place Saturday at 11:30 a.m. The celebration is free and will include guest speakers, live entertainment, kids activities and more.