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New Spokane medical school construction work begins

An update a la Here's the Dirt (the former weekly SR business column tracking developments and building projects): The new medical school project, in the University District, has begun moving dirt around. Fences are being erected and crews are working full shifts.

The state gave Spokane one half of the $70 million it will cost to build the new building. WSU hopes to get the remaining $35 million in the next supplemental session.

Plans are to open the building for students in 2014.

U-District Coordinator to talk about development

Marketing Associates of Spokane is hosting a discussion by Brandon Betty, project coordinator for the Spokane University District, on April 8 from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park.

Betty took the job as project coordinatory last summer.  The meeting, which costs $20 for MAS members, $30 otherwise, will give an overview of the district and the set of projects and goals for the district.

“I’ll review how the district went from a grassroots organization to a 501(c)3 board” that also serves to recommend funding priorities for money being collected by the City of Spokane, Betty said.

That money is being raised through a state-provided Tax Increment Financing plan for the University District. The city gets to allocate TIF money for the district, but the district board sets priorities and makes recommendations.


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