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Construction Crews Enter New Phase Of Vancouver Project

OPB | Aug. 5, 2013 10:38 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

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Jordana Gustafson

Construction crews in Vancouver are marking a new phase in the multi-million dollar development project on the city’s Columbia River waterfront.

With the permanent closure of the Jefferson street railroad crossing, things just got a whole lot quieter for residents living close to downtown Vancouver. That’s because trains passing through the area will no longer be required to sound their horns.

Reducing train noise and improving rail safety are just two pieces of a $45 million development project at the former Boise Cascade lumber mill site.

Matt Ransom is project manager for the city. He says the goal is to expand downtown Vancouver and create a vibrant city center.

“There would be upwards of about a billion dollars of in private development investment, and a new seven acre public park space … “

Commercial and residential buildings, access to the city’s waterfront and thousands of permanent jobs” he said.

Would Ransom call it a complete renaissance for Vancouver?

“Yeah, I think complete renaissance is a good description,” he said. New buildings — and new tenants — are expected in early 2015.

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