Columbia Food Park gets busy on remodel in downtown Vancouver

first_imgA long-planned makeover of the Columbia Food Park is finally underway, which will transform the 4,500-square-foot courtyard at 108 E. Seventh St. into a community hub with space for up to four food vendors. The project is slated for completion in late January.The remodel will bring some key features including public restrooms and a kitchen space, but the man behind the project, Alex Mickle, said his goal is to take advantage of the existing design of the site.“What’s great about this space is it exists in the center of the city and it’s really interesting as a space — there’s a ton of brickwork — and it’s entirely unused,” he said. “We’re not taking a parking lot.”The concrete-and-brick courtyard was built as a waiting area for a now-shuttered C-Tran transit center, and the space cycled through a few other tenants over the years before Mickle and his business partner, Kylan Johnson, began renting the space in late 2016 with an eye toward a food park.The goal is to create a hub for downtown Vancouver’s food culture. The local restaurant industry has been growing rapidly along with the rest of Vancouver, Mickle said, but the city largely lacks the kind of street vendor and food cart establishments often found across the river in Portland.last_img

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