Gramor Development, well known for their leadership in the massive waterfront project now underway, had a preliminary approval to build out Block Ten downtown. This full city block is the last remnant of the old Lucky Lager Brewery site and Gramor proposed a full service grocery store and other ground floor retail with 5-6 floors of apartments above and 1-3 floors of parking underground.
Earlier this fall, Gramor announced a revision to the plan seeking to make the building taller with above ground parking instead of underground. The revision calls for an 11 story structure rather than a 6-7 story building. This roughly matching the height of both the Riverview Tower and the Vancouver Center 3 tower, to the north and south respectively. Renderings do not appear to be public yet.
Gramor says the ground floor would be the grocery store and other retail fronting West 8th, Washington, and Columbia streets with the parking facing West 9th and using 3 of the building’s 11 floors on the north side. Should the city smile on the project, the construction would begin in roughly 18 months with completion in 2021. According to an article in the Columbian, the Block Ten site is scheduled to serve as a staging area for the upcoming Vancouver Center 4 tower. It seems the timing would have Gramor building out the block after Vancouver Center 4 is topped out.
A grocery store is one of the few things still missing for Downtown’s urban residents. That is soon to find its remedy.