Our Heroes Place
Our Heroes Place will brings two towers of fully furnished apartments and high-end apartment homes to the heart of Downtown Vancouver. Live, work, and play in one area with 3,500 square feet of retail space and drive-thru window at the ground level and amenities including a fitness center, pet washing station, pedestrian bridge, package lockers, fully-furnished units in the North Tower, business center in the South Tower, two floors of secured parking, and more.
Our Heroes Place is a mixed-use two-building project located at the Southwest corner of the intersection of Mill Plain and I-5.
This project provides 3,500 square feet of commercial retail space with drive-through window, 49 residential apartments, and 60-off street parking spaces.
This building community is named in honor of Ed and Dollie Lynch who have donated so much of their time and financial support to the betterment of the City of Vancouver. Ed and Dollie were true community heroes. The north building is named Ed and the south building Dollie.
The commercial space is located on the ground floor of the north building. There are four floors of market-rate apartments above this. The south building includes secured parking on the basement and ground floor levels, and three floors of upscale residential apartments above. Resident amenities such as bike storage, resident storage, community rooms, business center, on-site management office, and fitness rooms are also provided.
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The Grand Opening of “Ed Tower” at Our Heroes Place was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 409 E. Mill Plain Boulevard on Thursday, December 5th, 2019 at 4:00 pm. Ed Tower, one of two new five-story towers in the Our Heroes Place complex, is a key part of Prestige Development’s unwavering commitment to revitalize Downtown Vancouver through innovative architectural solutions enhancing our community. The ribbon cutting event was organized by Prestige Development CEO Elie Kassab and his staff, Identity Clark County (ICC) President Ron Arp, ICC Vice President Jim Mains, and Sean Philbrook, ICC Program Manager.
City’s first fully-furnished apartments offer new living space in Downtown Vancouver
Moving can be a hassle. You have to go through everything you own, pack it into boxes, ship it to your new place, and unpack everything again. You’re bound to need new furniture since not everything will fit the new space, so much of what you moved will have to be sold or donated and you’ll have to buy new expensive replacements. Why can’t you just move into an apartment where all the furniture has already been lugged up the stairs, and the kitchen is already stocked with plates, glasses, utensils, pots and pans?
It’s been a long and at times arduously slow road for Our Heroes Place, but the pair of five-story apartment buildings at 409 E. Mill Plain Blvd. are finally complete — or at least, very close — and ready to join the growing lineup of housing options downtown Vancouver.
The two buildings are named “Ed” and “Dollie” in honor of the late philanthropists Ed and Dollie Lynch. The project from Vancouver-based Prestige Development broke ground in February 2017 with the tentative goal of wrapping up in May 2018, but a series of setbacks ended up more than doubling the length of the development timeline.
Their Impact and Legacy on Our Community
Anyone living in the greater Vancouver area for any amount of time has likely heard of the Lynch family and their numerous contributions to the community.
Ed and Dollie have given their support to an array of causes over the years, most notably to the Fort Vancouver National Trust, Identity Clark County, Columbia Springs Foundation, Construction Education Foundation for Oregon State University, Vancouver Methodist Foundation, Northwest House of Theological Studies, and the Southwest Washington Medical Center Foundation.
Developer’s CEO says labor shortage primary reason for stoppage on downtown Vancouver project
Work has resumed on Our Heroes Place, an apartment complex consisting of two five-story buildings in downtown Vancouver, following a delay of several months.
The 49-unit project at the corner of Mill Plain and D Street comes from Prestige Development, the local company behind several Vancouver-area projects including the Prestige Plaza apartments on the adjacent block, the Lewis & Clark Plaza and the Regal City Center Stadium 12 cinema.
The $11.5 million Our Heroes Place project was announced in January 2016 and broke ground in February 2017. It was previously scheduled to be completed this May, Prestige Development President and CEO Elie Kassab said.
Kassab pointed to a tight construction labor market as the primary cause for the delay. Construction stopped during the summer, he said, after the previous project contractor was unable to line up the necessary workers.
A New Mixed-Use Complex to Honor Local Philanthropists
Downtown Vancouver will soon feature more apartments, condos and retail along the I-5 Mill Plain entrance while honoring two outstanding longtime community leaders.
Located just two blocks southwest of the I-5 Mill Plain interchange, Our Heroes Place will feature two five-story buildings and a digital clock tower paying tribute to business and community philanthropists and First Citizen honorees Ed and Dollie Lynch.
The Complex’s north building facing Mill Plain Boulevard will be named Ed. Ed tower will feature 25 studio and 1-bedroom apartments above 3,400 feet of retail space suited for a gourmet neighborhood market, coffee shop, or health care services. Potential renters are Clark College students and downtown workforce employees.
The south building facing East 13th Street will be named Dollie. Dollie Tower will feature 24 apartment homes above 2 levels of off-street private parking that can accommodate 42 vehicles. It will have one-bedroom, two-bedroom, three-bedroom, and penthouse units. The building will also have two levels of secured parking on the lower levels. The views of the city, river, and mountains will be spectacular from Dollie Tower.
The two buildings are joined by a bridge to provide tenants and building staff convenient access to the retail spaces plus allow easy servicing between buildings.
The Development of Homes, Apartments and Condos are in the Works to Meet Vancouver’s Growing Housing Needs
Anyone who has been living in the Greater Vancouver, Washington area for the last several years has surely noticed the large spike in population growth compared to only several short years ago.
As a matter of fact, Clark County is attracting more than 1,500 new residents per month, according to the state Department of Licensing.
Between 2014 and 2016, Clark County gained an average 18,365 people per year. That is 382 more people every month than the months between the years of 2000 and 2013, or a 33% increase.
Prestige Development and its founder Elie Kassab has been impacting Vancouver for over 2 decades
Around downtown Vancouver and Battle Ground, there is ample evidence of the impact Prestige Development has had; from local cinemas to business parks and living centers, their projects continue to give back to the community.
Elie Kassab and the Beginning of Vancouver’s Revitalization
In 1995, after the four-plex cinema at Jantzen Beach was decommissioned, Kassab realized there was a new gap in the market. As a result, Prestige Development created a 12-plex, 2,200 seat cinema at the end of 8th Street in 1998, the first new building in downtown Vancouver in many years. Still in operation, Kassab said the City Center 12 Cinema project helped spark a revitalization of downtown Vancouver.
The Columbian | November 28, 2017
Washington is the “most hipster” state overall, MoveHub adds, with three cities in the top 10: Vancouver, Tacoma and Spokane. No other state placed more than one city on the list.
MoveHub, a relocation-information service, analyzed the density of vital hipster services, hangouts and other relevant data for the 150 most populous American cities, and awarded the cup — make that the artisan beer mug — to our striving-yet-relaxed, awesome-yet-humble little town.
Vital hipster services like what? Microbreweries, vegan restaurants, thrift stores and tattoo studios. Vancouver ranked second in the nation in microbreweries per capita (we have 8.6 per 100,000) and fifth in tattoo parlors (5.2 per 100,000).
The Columbian | September 24, 2017
“There is a huge need in downtown (Vancouver),” said Elie Kassab, CEO of Vancouver-based Prestige Development, which is building the 49-unit Our Heroes Place at 409 E. Mill Plain Blvd. “We’re building housing for people who work downtown, want to live downtown, and not necessarily drive a car to work.”
That mentality is fostered by cities that want to promote density. Vancouver has 62 multifamily projects, totaling 4,450 units, in the permitting stage right now, though some of them may not get through the application process.
Vancouver Business Journal | January 26, 2016
“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.
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.