Prestige Development News


Pope Francis has officially named Vancouver Developer Elie Kassab a Knight of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory The Great.


The Maronite Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon on behalf of the Chair of Saint Peter is honored to announce that the Holy Father, Pope Francis, has named Elie George Kassab, businessman and philanthropist, and parishioner of St. Sharbel Catholic Church in Portland, Oregon; a Knight of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory The Great.

The Letter and Insignia were presented to Elie Kassab at a Pontifical Mass held at St. Sharbel Catholic Church on October 30, 2016 offered by the Most Rev. A. Elias Zaidan, Bishop of Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon, of Los Angeles. Concelebrating the Mass were the Rev. Christopher Fabre Pastor of St Sharbel Parish, the Very Rev. Jonathan Decker, Prior of the Maronite Monks of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, and Rev. Theodore Lange of the Archdiocese of Portland, with assistance at the altar from Deacons Tony Karam and Wadih Kaldawi.

In his letter, His Eminence Pietro Cardinal Parolin, the Secretary of State for the Holy See expresses his gratitude to Elie Kassab for the significant contributions made to St. Sharbel parish in Portland, and to the Maronite Monks of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Castle Rock, Washington, and for invaluable assistance to the Holy See.

The recipient’s family and friends were present to share the occasion. Elie Kassab said about this honor, “I never knew about the Order itself and, more than that, I never expected any rewards for my charitable deeds – I am humbled by the honor bestowed upon me by the Holy See and Pope Francis”.

“Papal Knighthood has long been a way for Popes to acknowledge significant contributions by the Lay faithful to the Life of the Church.”

-Fr. Christopher Fabre.

The Knights of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great was established in 1831 by Pope Gregory XVI and is one of the highest honors awarded to a layperson by the Church. It is one of the five orders of knighthood of the Holy See. This order is bestowed on the Catholic faithful in recognition of their personal service to the Holy See and the Church, unusual labors, and the good example they set in their communities and countries. Past recipients include Dr. Clinton Allen Brand, Professor of English in Houston, Texas; James Serritella, attorney in Chicago, Illinois; Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics; Ricardo Montalban, Mexican-born American-based actor and philanthropist; Walter Annenberg, creator of TV Guide; Angelo Branca, Canadian Judge; Hector P. Garcia, Mexican-American Civil Rights Leader; Ann Widdecombe, British politician; and Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus.

View the letter from the Parish here.

$11.5 million mixed-use complex to honor Ed and Dollie Lynch

Vancouver Business Journal  |  January 26, 2016

ed_dollylynch-696x451A new $11.5 million mixed-use development breaking ground this spring in downtown Vancouver will honor a pair of longtime community leaders.

“Our Heroes Place will serve as a constant reminder to downtown Vancouver guests and future residents of our appreciation for Ed and Dollie Lynch who both worked tirelessly to make our community a better place to live, work and play,” said project developer Elie Kassab, president of Prestige Development.  

Read the full article here.

Prestige Development announces plans for “Our Heroes Place”

The Daily Insider  |  Posted January 26th, 2016


Downtown Vancouver soon will feature more apartments, condominiums and retail shops along its bustling I-5 Mill Plain entrance while honoring two outstanding longtime community leaders through a mixed use project that has been approved for development.

Elie Kassab, president of Prestige Development, said construction costs for the project are estimated at $11.5 million. He expects to select a general contractor in the next two months, break ground in spring 2016 and complete construction by spring 2017. Wilson Associates of Vancouver is handling all of the architectural planning. 

Read the full article here.

Battle Ground Cinema and community organizers pull together to land two-week movie event

The Reflector  |  October,22,2014

BattleGround“This is the type of stand-up businesses that blesses and unites communities,”-Event Organizer, Steve Walker about Battle Ground Cinema.

Read the full article here.


Ridgefield port closes $1.2M land sale

The Reflector  |  May,23,2014

10257801_636353526441572_5274138121713433580_o“In addition to having industrial lands available, Ridgefield is extremely well-located on I-5, and has easy access to I-205,”  said Elie Kassab. “From Ridgefield, you can get to PDX quickly, north to Olympia and Seattle, and south to Portland and all the way to Mexico. You’re not out there all by yourselves. There are other neighboring businesses, yet there’s still room for expansion.”

“I see Ridgefield as a growing community and a place for us to lead a new wave of development”
-CEO of Prestige Development, Elie Kassab

Read the full article here.


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Prestige Plaza Apartments

Then & Now





The Grand Opening of Prestige Plaza

April 16th, 2014

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Prestige Plaza’s grand opening celebrated-The Columbian Newspaper

Downtown Vancouver welcomes new apartment development-The Oregonian Newspaper


Congratulations General Manager Cruz Orozco and his staff!

March 25th, 2014


Independence Cinema won two awards at the 49th Annual Community Awards Banquet hosted by the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce.

Independence Cinema won awards for Retail Service of the Year and Business of the Year.