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VANCOUVER, WA-Opus Northwest has submitted plans to the city for a $170-million mixed-use redevelopment of the Evergreen Airfield. The Denver-based company tied up the private airport two-and-a-half years ago and will close on the property when it has building permits in hand.Opus’ current major development in the region is Bridgeport Village, a one-million-sf retail and office development on the site of a former quarry in Tualatin, OR. The project’s anchor retail tenant, Crate and Barrel, recently opened its doors. The balance of the center opens its doors in May. The north-of-the-border version calls for 350,000 sf of retail use, 180,000 sf of office use, 135 residential units and a hotel with up to 150 rooms. City planner Greg Turner tells GlobeSt.com that Opus has requested a pre-application meeting that is scheduled for Dec. 16. Assuming Opus submits a formal application soon, preliminary approvals could come as soon as the spring, at which point it could begin applying for building permits. Construction on the retail component could begin as early as this time next year.Opus VP John Bartell tells GlobeSt.com the retail portion of the Vancouver project will be smaller than Bridgeport Village, but it also will have residential and a hotel, two components that are not a part of Bridgeport Village. Like Bridgeport, the airport project is an infill development.”Most of the recent development has taken place further east, closer to Interstate 205,” says Bartell. “This is an offering that doesn’t currently exist in Clark County; it’s an underserved area and we are confident they will be very interested in this location.”Hoping to beat developers to the punch, the Port of Vancouver and the City of Vancouver looked at buying and preserving the airport in 2000 but never acted on it, according to published reports. Neither city nor port officials were confident the airport could pay for itself, but it’s one of a few options for pilots in Clark County and the airport is on higher ground than most of the rest fo the area, giving it potential for use in an emergency. Pearson Airpark, which is owned by the City of Vancouver, will be limited to historic aircraft in 2022, leaving pilots few places to in the county.

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