VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Ask people who live in Vancouver and they'll tell you, the waterfront hasn't seen much life for a while.

“It's been pretty desolate down here,” said Vancouver resident Denise McCullough.

“Empty, bare, nothing, nothing really here,” added Corri Powell who is also lives in Vancouver.

But it won't stay looking the same for long. A big project is underway that will include a park and apartments, all spanning 21 city blocks along Vancouver's waterfront.

“I'm excited for it. I think it's going to be a really unique design and I’m excited to see what they all have in store,” said Powell.

“We'll have hotels and restaurants and offices and residential. We'll start out with six to eight restaurants at one time,” said Barry Cain, President of Gramor Development.

On Wednesday, Washington state Governor Jay Inslee toured the area, showing his support.

“It's going to be a great thing for the economy and the state of Washington,” Insee said.

He said it will mean more jobs.

“We're bringing people from all over the world to the State of Washington because it's such a great place to live and this is not only creating the direct jobs, but by creating a better place to live, that brings more people to our state. So this is a real hub of development,” said Inslee.

Cain said the project will bring in 10,000 construction jobs, 8,000 permanent jobs, and that's not including the ripple effect it'll have on the city's downtown area.

That sounds good to folks living in Vancouver.

“We need this. I think our community definitely needs this,” said McCullough.

As new life takes over the waterfront, excitement is brewing over new places to walk, eat and shop.

“Shopping, oh yeah shopping for sure. That might be dangerous though as well,” laughed McCullough.

A spokesperson with the project said it will be completed in phases over roughly the next 10 years.

Cain said the first phase that includes the park and a handful of buildings should be done by early 2018.