By Troy Brynelson, Columbian staff writer
Published: September 14, 2017, 5:28 PM
More money is heading to The Waterfront Vancouver, Gramor Development announced Thursday.
Banner Bank, headquartered in Walla Walla, has loaned $14.8 million to help construction of the Grant Street Pier and two large restaurant buildings beside it.
The deal is a vote of confidence for the multiyear, 20-block makeover near the northern banks of the Columbia River, bank officials said.
“In every community, a handful of unique properties become landmarks — we believe The Waterfront Vancouver project is bound to hold that moniker in Vancouver,” said Damian Uecker, a Banner Bank executive, in a prepared statement.
After the groundbreaking in 2016, construction is already pretty far along for those projects. The two restaurant buildings, at Block 9 and Block 12, can be seen rising beneath the two large cranes perched near the Columbia River.
The Block 9 building will offer 15,000 square feet of rentable space and house two full-service restaurants. Wildfin American Grill, a seafood restaurant based in Seattle, has already leased 7,600 square feet.
On the other side of the pier, the 28,000-square-foot building at Block 12 can house up to four full-service restaurants. Ghost Runners Brewery of Vancouver and Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar have already signed on.
Banner Bank’s loan is the second publicly announced infusion for Gramor Development, the Tualatin, Ore.-based project lead.
In June, U.S. Bank kicked in $42.5 million to help build a seven-story office tower and six stories of luxury apartments at Block 6. Both buildings will offer shops and restaurants at the street level.
All of those projects comprise the first phase of The Waterfront Vancouver and are expected to open by summer 2018. Gramor said in its announcement that more than $250 million has been invested into the project so far.