Ninebark apartment proposal meets SEPA requirements

Construction on 242-unit complex along Washougal waterfront slated to begin later this year

A Portland-based real estate developer’s plans to construct a 242-unit multifamily residential development on the Washougal waterfront moved forward last week after the city of Washougal determined that the project does not pose any significant adverse environmental impacts.

Community development director Mitch Knieipp concluded that the project, which proposes development activity within the shoreline area, riparian habitat buffer and 100-year floodplain of the Columbia River, meets all State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) requirements, according to the city of Washougal.

Earlier this year, Killian Pacific announced plans to build the Ninebark apartment complex on a 9-acre site a short distance east of the Port of Camas-Washougal. The Parker’s Landing development will include parking, private open space, interior sidewalks, landscaping, site lighting and a 7,000-square-foot clubhouse.

Construction is slated to begin later this year.

“With Ninebark, we envision a sustainable, equitable and accessible waterfront community that offers an experience, with access to nature and amenities alike, that is unlike anything else in the market,” Michi Slick, Killian Pacific’s director of development, said in a news release. “We see Southwest Washington gaining in popularity due to job growth in the tech, healthcare and financial sectors. Plus, the area offers high-quality schools and tax advantages over Oregon. With the first waterfront community in Camas-Washougal, we aim to attract people who are seeking an escape to nature and a smaller, welcoming community but do not want to sacrifice curated amenities such as local breweries, coffee shops and restaurants that are important for their lifestyle.”

Killian Pacific also plans to develop a 53,312-square-foot area along the south boundary of the site into a public park, bordering the existing Washougal Waterfront Park and Trail.

The city will not act on the SEPA determination of non-significance until a 14-day comment and appeal period, which ends Thursday, April 22, has expired. Written comments can be submitted to Kneipp at 1701 “C” St., Washougal, WA, 98671.