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Map showing The Heights District planning area
Map showing The Heights District planning area
City invites public to weigh in on future of The Heights District (Photo) - 06/14/18

Vancouver, Wash. – Changes are coming to the 205-acre Heights District located in the heart of Vancouver, and the City will seek public input on the future vision for the area at a community open house Saturday, June 23.

The community open house will occur in the McLoughlin Middle School cafeteria, 5802 MacArthur Blvd. There will be no formal presentations at the open house. People can stop by anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to learn more about the planning process and share ideas for new business, transportation improvements, parking and housing in the district. Refreshments and children’s activities will be provided.

The City will also provide a way for citizens who can’t attend the open house to provide input through the project’s website at www.cityofvancouver.us/TheHeights. Citizens can also sign up to receive email updates about the project on the website.

The Heights District is located on East Mill Plain Boulevard between MacArthur Boulevard and Andresen Road. It is home to some of Vancouver’s oldest neighborhoods, best views and busiest transportation corridors. It is rich in parks, schools, open space and recreation opportunities, as well as commercial businesses, non-profits and organizations that serve the needs of Vancouver’s diverse communities.

Last year, the City purchased the 12-acre Town Plaza property (formerly known as Tower Mall), located at Mill Plain Boulevard and Devine Road, with the hope of using it to help revitalize the area, which has been bypassed by much of the new commercial and residential development occurring on the west and east sides of Vancouver.

The Heights District Plan will establish a vision for the future development of this area. The plan’s goals include increasing mixed-income housing options, adding accessible public open space, increasing connections that allow people to walk and bike to and through the area, and integrating public transit. The City’s ultimate goal is to create an attractive place where people want to be, by encouraging future private development through public investments and innovative design concepts.

Additional public involvement opportunities will be occur this fall in in spring 2019. The City hopes to finalize The Heights District Plan in summer 2019.

Accommodations are available upon request, including on-site interpretation services. Please send accommodation requests to Andrea Pastor at the City of Vancouver by calling 360-487-7947 or emailing ea.Pastor@cityofvancouver.us">Andrea.Pastor@cityofvancouver.us.

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City receives grant for road project in Ft. Vancouver National Site - 06/11/18

A $1.8 million Federal Lands Access Program grant will be used for rehabilitation of East 5th Street

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver, in partnership with the National Park Service, has been awarded a $1.8 million Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) grant to rehabilitate a one-half mile portion of East 5th Street between Fort Vancouver Way and East Reserve Street and redevelop the national park’s main parking area.

The City and the National Park Service (NPS) jointly applied for the FLAP grant, which provides funding to local municipalities for projects that better connect and increase visitation to federal lands. “The NPS and the City have a strong history of working together to serve our community as well as the hundreds of thousands of visitors who come to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site every year. The East 5th Street project addresses the site’s highest priority for improving visitor access and circulation within the campus," said Superintendent Tracy Fortmann.

The project will improve both safety and function of the roadway, including pavement quality, signage, and adding a multimodal path along the south side of East 5th Street.

The Federal Highway Administration, which oversees the FLAP program, requires an extensive application process for the highly competitive funds. “Investing in our communities is always a smart bet,” said Senator Patty Murray, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “I applaud the City of Vancouver for submitting a strong application to improve local infrastructure, and I look forward to seeing the end result and its many benefits for families from near and far.”

“I’m pleased to have supported this effort that will allow more of the public to engage with the unique history at Fort Vancouver. The Fort is a gem for local residents and visitors, and like other public areas, it’s important that we improve access so everyone can enjoy it,” said Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler.

“This project will help increase visitation of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and boost tourism in the Vancouver area. I’m proud to have worked with the Vancouver leaders to get this important project done,” said Senator Maria Cantwell.

“When completed, this project will significantly improve visitor safety and experience while visiting the NPS cultural and historical attractions as well as Pearson Air Museum, Officer's Row, the West Barracks, the Confluence Land Bridge, and the Columbia River Renaissance Trail,” added Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle. “We’d like to thank the FHWA for the grant and express how grateful we are to our entire Washington State Congressional delegation for their support of our grant application.”

Project design is anticipated to start later this year with construction completed about 2022.

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Night Work Planned for NE Fourth Plain Blvd June 6-8 - 06/04/18

Vancouver, Wash. – Weather permitting, City of Vancouver Public Works crews will be milling and paving portions of Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard between Northeast 117th and 162nd avenues, over a series of up to three nights starting Wednesday, June 6.

Construction hours are expected to be from 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, to approximately 6 a.m. on each following morning. Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard will remain open, but drivers should expect lane changes, single-lane closures and possible delays. Please watch for flaggers and signs directing traffic.

While the work is currently estimated for three nights, actual duration of this project will depend upon pavement and weather conditions. Paving is highly weather dependent. In case of rain, the work will be rescheduled.

Northeast Fourth Plain Blvd, between NE 117th and NE 162nd avenues, is scheduled for asphalt-rubberized chip seal and fog seal treatment as part of the 2018 Pavement Management Program. For more information, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/preservation.

City seeks volunteer to serve on Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee - 06/04/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver is seeking one applicant to fill a vacancy on its Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission (PRAC).

Applicants must live within the Vancouver city limits. Completed applications must be received by the City Manager’s Office by 5 p.m. Monday, July 2.

To apply online, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To request an application or for more information, contact Michelle Bartley in the City Manager’s Office at City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, artley@cityofvancouver.us@cityofvancouver.us">michelle.bartley@cityofvancouver.us, or by calling 360-487-8607.

PRAC is a 10-member volunteer citizen’s group made up of city residents, two school district representatives and a liaison from the Parks Foundation of Clark County. The commission advises Vancouver City Council and City staff on needs, plans and programs necessary for an adequate system of parks, open space, playgrounds, facilities and recreation services for the citizens of Vancouver. Committee members serve three-year terms.

PRAC meets from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month, as well as occasional special meetings.

Visit www.cityofvancouver.us/prac to learn more about PRAC, including links to past meeting minutes and agendas.

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City seeks volunteers to serve on Aviation Advisory Committee - 06/04/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill three full-term vacancies on its Aviation Advisory Committee. Completed applications must be received by the City Manager’s Office by 5 p.m. Monday, July 2, 2018.

To apply online, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To request an application or for more information, contact Michelle Bartley at Vancouver City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, artley@cityofvancouver.us">michelle.bartley@cityofvancouver.us or by calling 360-487-8607.

The nine-member Aviation Advisory Committee is appointed by the Vancouver City Council to advise the City on matters related to Pearson Field Airport and Aviation in general. Appointees serve three-year terms. There is no city residency requirement for these volunteer positions.

The committee meets at the Pearson Air Museum, Headquarters Building at 1109 E. 5th St. in Vancouver at noon on the second Tuesday of January, April, July and October. The monthly time commitment varies from two to six hours, which includes meeting time and other duties.

For more information about the Aviation Advisory Committee, including links to past meeting agendas and minutes, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/aac.

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Night paving planned for NE 192nd Avenue June 3-5 - 05/31/18

Vancouver, Wash. – Weather permitting, the City of Vancouver will temporarily close a portion of Northeast 192nd Avenue, from Northeast 18th Street to just north of NE Sixth Street, during three nights of paving starting Sunday, June 3.

The nightly street closure is expected to be in place from 8 p.m. on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, until 8 a.m. each of the following days. During that time, Vancouver Public Work Street crews will be milling off the existing pavement surface and repaving to provide a solid base for further pavement work coming this summer, part of the city's 2018 Pavement Management Program.

The closure will apply to all but emergency vehicles and necessary local access traffic. Detours will be in place for all other traffic.

Drivers are urged to drive slowly and be alert to signs and flaggers when approaching the construction zone. The work is being done at night to reduce traffic impacts to the extent possible. Paving is highly weather dependent. In case of rain, the work will be rescheduled.

Night paving closures planned June 1-2 at SE 192nd Avenue/SE 34th Street in Vancouver - 05/30/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The intersection of Southeast 192nd Avenue and Southeast 34th Street will be closed nightly from 8 p.m. to about 8 a.m., on Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2, for repaving by City of Vancouver Public works crews.

During the night paving work, Southbound 192nd Avenue will be closed at Southeast 20th Street, with flaggers managing local- access-only traffic to Southeast 25th Street. Northbound traffic on Southeast 192nd will remain open from Washington SR 14, but drivers should expect lane changes and flaggers. Southeast 34th Street will be closed at Southeast 189th Avenue on the west and Southeast 196th Avenue on the east.

Drivers are encouraged to slow down and watch for signs and flaggers in the construction zone. Where possible, consider taking an alternate route to avoid delays and detours.

The work is being done at night on the weekend to reduce impacts to commuter traffic. Paving is highly weather dependent. In case of rain, the work will be rescheduled.