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North-east development advisory board and stakeholders meeting

This meeting is held at Beacon Hill Events Center (4848 E. Wellesley) on March 2 from 4-5 p.m. I don’t have an agenda to post with this meeting announcement but am thinking it must have to do with the Beacon Hill development and perhaps some of the plans for the industrial area on the east side of the tracks, in Hillyard.

Here's a link that explains a bit more about the process and the projects.

Teri Stripes at City Hall is the official contact: (509) 625-6597

Thursday’s Beacon Hill hearing

The Beacon Hill development got a preliminary plat/PUD hearing before the city of Spokane hearings examiner Thursday morning. About 20 people were there to testify in support of the development, which has been widely embraced by Hillyard business people and residents.

The project presented at last week's hearing, is the first phase of the Beacon Hill Home development and this part is located on the northern face of Beacon Hill, with access from Wellesley Avenue. It proposes the construction of 304 single and multi-family homes on 40.31 acres of a site that covers a total of 182 acres.

Owners Pete Rayner and David Baker have been working on the project for more than a decade, and at Thursday’s hearing Rayner said it has cost the developers close to $900,000 to get to this point because the city has delayed responses to various applications.

Rayner presented a document from 2006, signed by then head of the city water department Brad Blegen, which outlined an agreement in which the city, Beacon Hill and another entity known as Vista Homes, would each take care of part of the water infrastructure improvements needed.

Vista Homes was not represented at the hearing and no one in the room knew if that development is moving ahead or not.

Rayner wants the city to move ahead and make the promised water infrastructure improvements so he can get on with his development.

He said it would cost him as much as $800,000 to bring the water access up to par, a job that may include the construction of a new water tank, water mains and a booster station.

Representatives from the city’s water department at this point are reluctant to foot the entire bill, and the city also has some concerns about the access road to the development (too steep, blind curves) as well as the sewer capacity at the site.

At the conclusion of Thursday’s hearing the city and Beacon Hill were both asked to submit a document outlining a satisfactory solution to the current stalemate.

Look for a full story in Thursday's Voice section.

Beacon Hill development hearing Thursday

The preliminary plat/PUD hearing for the proposed Beacon Hill housing development is Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the city council briefing room, lower level of city hall. Look for a story in tomorrow's Voice section. And here's an e-mail from Luke Tolley, Hillyard Neighborhood Council Chair, in support of the proposed 304 single and multi-family home development:

“The Hillyard Neighborhood Council has pledged its support for the Beacon Hill development effort and as such we are encouraging our members to attend Thursday morning's hearing with the City that Beacon Hill is having.  
The hearing is Thursday, Jan 6th, 9:30am at the City Council Briefing Room, lower level of City Hall.
The hearing has to do with issues with the water access and will very much effect the future of not only the Beacon Hill development, but the development of all of East Hillyard.
I encourage you to attend, but furthermore I encourage you to get others from your organizations to attend as well. ” Via e-mail from Luke Tolley.

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Welcome to the Hillyard neighborhood blog. My name is Pia Hallenberg and I’ve worked as a journalist in Spokane since the fall of 1998; for the last six years I've worked for The Spokesman-Review.

In April, I started a neighborhood blog on South Perry Street (where I live). When it came time to expand the blog activity, Hillyard was an easy pick: There is so much going on in this neighborhood in terms of new businesses and street improvements, festivals and new construction - and there is a strong sense of neighborhood history and pride. I'm looking forward to highlighting all of that on this blog.

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