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Update (Oct. 2020): A Stronger Vancouver initiative was placed on hold in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City Manager's Recommended 2021-22 Budget includes revisiting the initiative in 2021. It is anticipated that City Council will begin discussions about a path forward in early 2021.

The City has been successful in attracting private development and employment to downtown, the waterfront, and other key business districts through visionary planning and targeted public infrastructure investments. A Stronger Vancouver would make public infrastructure investments to attract good jobs to Vancouver in four key commercial districts and add funding to support a safer, more welcoming downtown:

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The former rock quarry located at NE First to 18th Street/ NE 172nd

to 192nd Ave.

Envisioned as one of Vancouver’s largest 21st century urban employment centers, Section 30 will attract emerging technology companies and add up to 12,000 jobs. Planned investments include widening and reconstruction of SE First Street, new bike and pedestrian pathways, street lighting and other safety improvements. 

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South of Mill Plain Boulevard between MacArthur & Andresen 

The Heights District will spark public and private investment in central Vancouver, including housing for a range of incomes, retail, commercial office and hospitality uses, all connected by a system of urban parks, trails and open spaces. Planned investments include streets, lighting, plazas, parks and civic spaces such as a branch library and indoor parks and recreation. 
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Surrounding the Grand Central retail center near State Route 14

This large industrial employment center supports traditional manufacturing, as well as new high-tech companies. Planned investments include improvements to streets, water quality, storm water facilities, enhanced utilities and public green spaces.
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Along and surrounding the Fourth Plain Boulevard business district between I-5 & Andresen

Fourth Plain Boulevard has among the highest number of pedestrian-vehicle collisions in Vancouver. Planned investments include streetscape improvements, pedestrian safety improvements, public open spaces, urban parks and a business incubator space in Vancouver’s International District.
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