VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — Washington Governor Jay Inslee toured the Vancouver Waterfront project on Wednesday, calling it the “future of Vancouver.”
It’s a project 10 years in the making, and the site still doesn’t look like much, but by next year, the waterfront property will include restaurants, retail, luxury hotels, apartments and parks.
“Everyone will want to come here. And people will want to live here,” says Barry Cain, the developer on the project. “It’s obviously transformative. But more than that, I think it’s a sign of the transformation that’s happened in downtown Vancouver.”
Governor Inslee thinks the project could have a long lasting impact on the local economy.
“The places that do well are the places that are great places to live, so you can recruit computer programmers, and mathematicians and physics professors to come to your area,” he said. “This is what this is going to do. I think it puts this community on the map.”
Both Inslee and Cain say the project wouldn’t have been possible without a public-private partnership.
“This was a team effort and it’s going to be great for the whole economy,” said Inslee.
Mayor Tim Leavitt was also at the tour and said once complete, the waterfront will be a place everyone can enjoy, not just residents of the 3,300 new units.
“It opens up this land and this availability for Vancouver residents, Clark County residents, our friends from south of the river and anybody who wants to check out this beautiful place we call home.”