Posts tagged: Kendall Yards
The anticipated start of construction of the new Kendall Yards segment of the Centennial Trail started today, according to the Kendall Yards Facebook page.
This is part of the Greenstone company's commitment to make the mixed-use near-downtown development a fully integrated part of the riverbank on the north side of the Spokane River.
Phase one of the work goes from under the Monroe Street Bridge to the Osprey Nest Plaza, just west of Central Food.
The embedded video here was shot with Jim Frank, head of Greenstone.
Valentine's Day related business item. Spa Paradiso, last seen in the basement of the downtown Spokane Davenport Hotel, plans on reopening in a new location in Kendall Yards the end of April.
The full-service spa and salon has been closed since fall 2012. It originally hoped to open in a new commercial building in the Kendall Yards development on Dec. 1. Project managers however didn't finish the building that early.
The spa will take half of the 13,000-square foot two-story building due east of the Cedar Plaza building, which houses Central Food. The other tenant in the new building is The Inlander newspaper.
The building will be the second commercial building at Kendall Yards, a Greenstone multiuse development west of the Monroe Street Bridge and north of the river.
Co-owner Larry Schoonover said he'll start booking appointments in early April. The company will have around 35 employees.
They will lease about half of a 13,000-square-foot, two-story building due west of the new Cedar Plaza Building. A second unidentified tenant will take the other half of the space.
The new commercial building is part of the 78-acre Kendall Yards development, a project of Greenstone Corp. So far more than 140 residential units have been sold or are under construction
Today marks the soft opening of Central Food, the new eatery in Kendall Yards. Central Food is the only current eatery in Kendall Yards, the large mixed-use development on the north side of the Spokane River west of the Monroe Street Bridge.
Chef David Blaine has been putting together the new business in the Cedar Plaza building directly north of the state Court of Appeals. Formal address is 1335 W. Summit Parkway (315-3086).
Blaine, the former chef at Latah Bistro, hasn't said when the formal opening will be. This week's launch is all about testing the kitchen, tuning the dishes and working out service concerns.
Our last story about Central Food was in August. Our announcement story ran June 7. Blaine said the restaurant is still hiring.
Greenstone is the developer of the Kendall Yards project.
The SR and Spokesman.com featured a business story today on the rising hope that the area's housing market is coming back.
Today's Washington Post had the exact same idea today. Here's its take, which is nearly identical to the SR story, in terms of why people care about new home construction:
New homes are popping up in more and more neighborhoods around the country in recent months, offering one of the most promising signs yet that the nation’s long-suffering housing market is actually starting to heal.
The increase in new home construction is particularly encouraging because of the economic benefits that ripple out each time a construction crew breaks ground. The growing demand for new homes has put contractors back to work, helped shore up some municipal budgets and pumped money into local economies.
“When you create jobs again in the housing market, you create some multiple of those jobs elsewhere,” said Brad Hunter, chief economist at Metrostudy, a national research firm that tracks new home construction. “To build a house, you’re causing more demand for lumber, furniture, drapes, carpets, cement, steel, appliances . . . These are all industries that get stimulated by housing.”
Not to overdo it, but we should have included an image with yesterday's story and post on Central Food, going into the Cedar Plaza building in the Kendall Yards project just west of downtown Spokane.
Here's what it looks like at this point. Construction is expected to run through September. Central Food, the eatery being set up by David Blaine, will take the back 3,000 square feet.
Photo by the Office Hours staff photographer.
Kind of big news on the local food business front:
Spokane chef David Blaine announced he'll open Central Food, a new restaurant in the first commercial building in the Kendall Yards mixed use development.
This is the big project being done by Greenstone Commercial along the Spokane River, in the area west of the Monroe Street Bridge. Greenstone took over the project after developer Marshall Chesrown bailed.
Blaine has done restaurants and selective cuisine for more than 20 years. He's going to use 3,000 square feet in a building just south of the state Court of Appeals.
It's the first chef-owned place that Blaine has attempted. For the past seven year's he's been head chef for Spokane eatery Latah Bistro.
He said “I don’t think I’d be able to live with myself if I passed on that location.” He said he considers the Kendall Yards mixed-use development one of the city’s most dynamic projects.
“It has so much energy behind it. I can’t think of any downsides to doing this,” he added.
He expects to hire about 25 people and open the restaurant in December.
“At this point, I have more questions than answers,” he said, about the full scope of the cuisine, the thematic focus and how he intends to market the business.
It's “open house” weekend in Spokane, with Realtors hosting open house events Saturday and Sunday at more than 500 homes on the market.
The event sponsor is Greenstone Homes, which has the “headquarters house” at the development company's Kendall Yards project on the north bank of the Spokane River near downtown. The fully-staged townhome is at 408 N. Elm St., west of the Maple Street Bridge.
People visiting any of the open houses this weekend can register to win a $1,500 gift certificate from The Tin Roof. The winner will be announced Wednesday.
All of the open houses can be found at spokaneopen.com.
Today's business news story is an update on progress at the near-downtown mixed use development, Kendall Yards. (Story may require Spokesman.com access to read it in its entirety.)
The project has, up to now, been focused exclusively on building out the residential half of the project. About 60 units have been built and sold to date.
Now the company behind the project, Greenstone Corp., is starting two new commercial buildings. The first, in the rendering above, is the building on the left. It's called the Cedar Street Park Commercial Building. A restaurant will fill the side facing the river.
The second commercial building is the one on the far right. It will be a two-story — plus daylight basement — office building, with no tenants yet announced. The two other buildings between those are also on the drawing boards, but will not move forward until some tenants/owners are lined up, said project manager Adam Jones.
Renderings come from Spokane's nystrom + olson architecture.
Residents of Kendall Yards may have direct access to Monroe Street by the end of the year, weather-permitting, Wayne Frost said today.
The vice president of Greenstone Corp.’s commercial division said Ide Ave., which connects with Monroe just north of the Spokane River bridge, will be obliterated, as will the retaining wall supporting the sidewalk on its south side.
Some of that work, which includes the installation of water, sewer and other utilities, has already been done or is under way, he said.
In place of Ide, Frost said, Greenstone will build an extension of Bridge Ave. west from Monroe to a new section of Jefferson St. Jefferson will link Broadway Ave. to Summit Parkway, the main street of Kendall Yards.
The parkway will eventually run all the way through the development to Summit Blvd. on its west end, he said, but construction this fall will take the new road west only as far as Elm, where the first homes are being built.
Drivers on Bridge will have to yield to stop signs as they approach Monroe, he said.
With the planting of a tree, developer Jim Frank today revived the Kendall Yards development on the north bank of the Spokane River.
The first 18 units of the $25 million residential and commercial project, stalled by the financial problems of the previous developer, should be ready by the end of summer, Frank told a crowd of more than 100 gathered on the site between Bridge and Ohio avenues.
He said more Phase 1 units would also be underway, but street access is not yet available.
Four of the units have been pre-sold, and the buyers were enthusiastic about their future homes and the proximity to downtown.
“The developers have really done their homework,” said Gene Decheff, who with wife Cheryl will move into a two-bedroom townhouse, a radical down-sizing from their 10 acres on the West Plains.