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Former Olive It Cafe building discussion

The former Bridgeport Grocery at Bridgeport Avenue and Crestline Street recently housed the Olive It Cafe. The building is on Spokane’s historic registry. (Colin Mulvany)
The former Bridgeport Grocery at Bridgeport Avenue and Crestline Street recently housed the Olive It Cafe. The building is on Spokane’s historic registry. (Colin Mulvany)

There's some conversation about whether to write a letter in support of the preservation of the building that used to be the Olive It Cafe. Here's the story colleague Jonathan Brunt wrote.
The current owner would like to tear down the historice building - it used to be a grocery store and has "Rex Flour" on the side - and build a gas station and/or car wash.
The Bemiss Neighborhood Council has written a letter in support of the building.
Motion on the floor: should the Hillyard Neighborhood Council also support the preservation of the building?
Some say the building owner has the right to do whatever he sees fit with his property - others would like to preserve one of the few historic buildings in Bemiss.
There's talk of perhaps moving the building - or moving the wall with the "Rex Flour" sign on it.
The Hillyard Neighborhood Council voted to support the letter Bemiss has already written. The letter calls for another 45 days of metigation to try and find a solution and perhaps preserve the building. Motion passed.




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