VANCOUVER, Wash. – Hearing Examiner Sharon Rice has recommended the Vancouver City Council approve the Port of Vancouver USA’s Terminal 1 Waterfront Development master plan.

“Our project team worked very hard to develop a thorough and complete master plan. The result has been a smooth process, and we appreciate the positive affirmation from the City of Vancouver,” said port CEO Julianna Marler. “We look forward to going before City Council in June as we move our vision for Terminal 1 toward reality.”

Port staff and consultants NBBJ and BergerABAM worked for two years to gather input from the port’s commissioners, stakeholders and the public, develop the master plan and move it through the City’s approval and permitting processes.

Port representatives testified on the project at a May 4 public hearing, during which the hearing examiner had the opportunity to ask questions of port and city staff. The hearing examiner then reviewed the master plan to determine compliance with municipal code and city and state shoreline regulations. She verified that the project is in compliance and on May 23 issued her recommendation for City Council approval.

The City of Vancouver will hold a public hearing on the master plan at its June 19 City Council meeting. The hearing provides opportunity for public comment and may also include a City Council vote.

If approved by City Council, construction on a new AC Hotel by Marriott – developed by Vesta Hospitality – could start in 2018.

About Terminal 1
The Port of Vancouver USA is redeveloping a 10-acre site it owns on the Columbia River. Known as Terminal 1, the 10-acre site is the port’s birthplace and home to its first warehouse, built in the 1920s through a partnership with the City of Vancouver. When fully developed, Terminal 1 could feature a public marketplace, new hotel, retail and commercial space, visitor amenities and connection to the Renaissance Trail.

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