There is a better way to develop our land, says Washougal developer Wes Hickey, and he is hoping to provide the model for how to do it. There is a better way to develop our land, says Washougal developer Wes Hickey, and he is hoping to provide the model for how to do it. Hickey's Lone Wolf Development
is in the midst of constructing Washougal Town Square, a $13 million mixed-used building that fills a city block between 17th and 18th streets and "A" and "B" streets downtown.
The next phases of the project , three partial-block buildings on three separate blocks just north of the Town Square building , will likely break ground sometime in 2008.
Projections put the total construction cost at $45 million, and Lone Wolf did not use any subsidies or tax credits.Hickey
is not developing for the sake of development. His
aim is to demonstrate development that works with a city's "existing urban fabric," thereby creating a cohesive community and avoiding additional sprawling strip malls.
"We're pursuing what we're doing not from the perspective of developers, but with the goals of land conservation and community-building," Hickey
In that sense, it still has an opportunity to grow into a nice small town, whereas others have lost that ability to salvage their downtowns, Hickey
It will be energy and water efficient, and the little details like operable windows that allow for natural ventilation, a public courtyard that provides open space and a water fountain in the courtyard that only operates when it's raining, set the project apart, said Hickey
, who grew up in Clark County and has lived in Washougal for 20 years.
Portland-based Walsh Construction Co.
is building Washougal Town Square, which was designed by Portland-based Sienna Architecture Co.
The goal is not to target only Washougal's affluent upper crust, Hickey
"We keep coming back to community building, and within that, we're trying to cross the whole spectrum," he
Only 125 projects will be chosen nationwide, and Hickey
expects to know by the end of May whether the project is picked.
doesn't want for Washougal is a transformation into "Anytown, USA."
"I think people are starting to realize they liked having their sense of community, their own individual town," he
Now seemed like the right time to look at the project because of the financial investment on the parts of Hickey
and the city, he
said philosophically, he
doesn't believe in tax credits or subsidies for private development, but said Lone Wolf and the city of Washougal have worked quite cooperatively toward the same goal of a nice, sustainable community.
..., Developer Wes Hickey is hoping for a mix of locally owned businesses that inspire community gathering, such as a coffee shop, florist or dance studio
Blocks 7, 8 and 9 will be done in phases, likely starting in 2008
, First floor: commercial space, Hickey
is hoping for a specialty grocery