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No. 4 business story of ‘13: major land deals will rehab downtown buildings

The No. 4 business story of the year in this area:  downtown Spokane property purchases and renovations planned by local developers.

Earlier this week we published our choice for No. 5, the improvements and cleanup taking place at the former Kaiser Mead smelter.

We'll count down the final three and conclude the series on Dec. 31. We've extended the contest deadline to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27.

If you guess the No. 1 business story of the year, by suggesting it in a comment below, we'll give you a $10 coffee card.

Our No. 4 choice reflects the investments made by developers and companies buying several major old and crusty buildings. Those include the Hutton Building, acquired by STCU;  the grand Spokane Masonic Center, acquired by an investment firm; the former Burgan's buildings, being converted into mixed use by developer Jerry Dicker near GU; and the acquisition of the former Civic Building downtown, by Inland Empire Foundation. (Pictured here, it was the original chamber of commerce building in the early 20th Century.)

You could also throw in the purchases of the Dutch's building downtown and the Sherwood Mall renovation going on by new owners.

As for your No. 1 choices, simply add them in comment form below. One submission per person. In case of ties we'll do a random drawing.




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