The Vancouver City Council is dropping its push for a grocery store at Block 10, the city-owned undeveloped acre in the heart of downtown, and will instead work with an investment property firm to erect a corporate headquarters building on the site.At a workshop Monday afternoon, the council heard a formal recommendation from Chad Eiken, director of community and economic development: enter direct negotiations with Holland Partner Group to build the 11-story office building at Block 10, as well as a seven-story workforce housing and retail space.“A grocery store is still a high priority for the city. However, we’re feeling that the timing might not be right,” Eiken said. “There’s been challenges in getting traction with grocers.”The new direction for Block 10 would effectively end negotiations with Gramor Development, which has been going back and forth with the city on the terms of a deal since 2017. Council wanted a guarantee that Gramor would be able to sign a grocer to the site — one that would bust up the food desert that currently stretches around 3 square miles across downtown Vancouver.In March, Gramor CEO Barry Cain told The Columbian he was confident he could get a grocer signed to the lot, if given a little more time. City leaders evidently thought differently. Eiken said he’d reached out to Holland for an alternate site proposal back in February.
Vancouver drops plan for grocery store on Block 10
Last Updated on: September 19th, 2019 at 7:25 am, by