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Summer 2021


Portland State University. School of Business Administration. Center for Real Estate, City planning -- Washington -- Vancouver


Located in Southwestern Washington, the City of Vancouver’s Downtown and Waterfront districts have experienced a significant transformation during the past five years, resulting in over 900 new homes, and 88,000 and 170,000 square feet of new retail and office space, respectively. This central area is poised for exponential growth over the next 5 years focused along the 32-acre Waterfront Vancouver master plan area. At the heart of the city center is an undeveloped 6.4 acre site that has the potential to seamlessly connect the urban fabric of Vancouver.

We view this site not only as an opportunity to connect the City to the Waterfront, but to connect the Waterfront to the City of Vancouver and build around the people of Vancouver and their needs Our proposed Vancouver Gateway does just that.

We envision a thriving community with 62,000 square feet of neighborhood retail, 86,000 square feet of office space, a 42,000 square foot fitness club, 348 homes 112 of which being affordable workforce housing, a 9,400 square feet neighborhood dog park, and accessible and abundant district parking for residents, visitors, and workers alike. Over 40,000 square feet of plaza space, pedestrian streets, and walkways weaving throughout the neighborhood will offer people a safe and healthy connectivity to everything VanGate and the surrounding neighborhoods have to offer.


Each winter and summer, a team of students from Portland State University’s Master of Real Estate Development program are tasked with creating a development program for an existing site in the Portland or Seattle region. These teams produce a development concept through ingenuity, research, and consultation with experts in the real estate industry. NAIOP has generously sponsored our team and provided a venue for us to present our plan to the public.

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