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No plans yet to remove the city’s original skywalk connected to Ridpath

Jack Heath, president and COO of Washington Trust Bank, said the bank has not decided what happens with the skybridge that connects the defunct hotel to the annex, which the bank recently bought for $2.6 million. Story on the sale was published on Tuesday this week.

The skywalk was the very first built in Spokane, approved by the city in agreements with Ridpath owners in 1961; it was finished in 1963 and allowed Ridpath guests at either the hotel or its motor inn to cross over First Avenue.

Under the conditions imposed by the city, the Ridpath was only provided a license for the space over the street (something akin to an easement). The city retains the right to revoke the license.

Heath and the bank could ask and request the city to revoke the license, allowing for the skybridge to be taken down.

Back in 1963, here’s what the skywalk from the Ridpath to the annex looked like

Yep, back in the first half of this decade, people had some grand plans for downtown Spokane. One was the proposed transformation of the Ridpath Annex (aka the Executive Court) into shiny condos. It was supposed to transform that area of town, until the recession sent it reeling, along with dozens of other efforts and grand plans.

Today's SR story catches up with the building, and the plans by its new owner, Washington Trust Bank.

In case you want some history, here's a photo from the Review archives, which showed how the skybridge looked, from the perspective of the Ridpath Hotel. At this angle, you get to see a bit of the recently completed annex. The skybridge is described in older stories of the Review as the first in town. It  was completed the week the photo was taken, March 8, 1963.

At that time, the annex was officially known as the Ridpath Motor Inn, and it was described than as a 77-unit motel.


In three weeks, swoop down — online — on the county’s tax-delinquent properties

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Anyone out there want to buy the old YWCA building downtown, across from the Ridpath?

Circle Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 on your calendars. Those are Spokane County's first delinquent-tax property auction, done entirely online instead of at the courthouse.

Our earlier story (last week) disclosed all the key details. The county is using a Maryland firm,, to manage and run the online bidding.

BIdders need to register with Bid4Assets and verify a valid credit card.

Among the offerings is the once-busy YWCA building at the northwest corner of Stevens and First (shown in the Google Streetview image).

Today, it's vacant and looking for a good owner.

The full list of the properties to be auctioned can be found online here.  Bidding price will start with the past-due taxes and fees, plus the $150 fee that the county must pay Bid4Assets. Anything above that reserve amount goes to the property owner.

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