January 10, 1995 in Idaho

Condo Proposed For Golf Course Post Falls Panel To Consider Two Projects Tonight

By The Spokesman-Review

The Highlands Golf Course and Country Club will be home to 40 condominiums if two developers’ plans are approved by the city.

Robert Coles, who built the Highlands golf course and the upscale neighborhood that surrounds it, now proposes to build 28 condominium units just south of the clubhouse.

And another developer, Robert Westby of Post Falls, has asked the city’s blessing for nearby St. Andrew’s Place, a 12-unit condominium complex. Westby lives at the Highlands; he is a Coeur d’Alene mortgage banker.

Both projects are scheduled for hearings before the Planning and Zoning Commission tonight.

“The standard across the United States is to have complementary developments around a golf course,” said Westby.

He said his proposed condominiums are geared toward “people who spend time in the south, but want to spend the summers here.”

Although condominiums always have been part of the Highlands’ overall design, some homeowners are miffed that multi-family developments are in the works. Some residents paid more than $300,000 for their homes on the golf course and want the area to remain a single-family area, figuring home values will remain stable.

Homes priced above $200,000 are selling slowly these days in Kootenai County because of a slowdown in the market.

The condominiums will be priced for upper income buyers. Westby said units in St. Andrew’s Place will go for $180,000 to $220,000.

A neighborhood meeting was planned Monday night to answer residents’ questions about both condominium developments.

Coles proposes to build six buildings on a three-acre site overlooking the Spokane Valley. A 101-room hotel originally planned for the site was scrapped in favor of the condominiums.

Westby’s project is bordered on three sides by the golf course’s first, eighth and ninth holes.

City planners have looked favorably on both condominium projects. Coles’ development, city planners said, would have less impact on the neighborhood than the hotel.

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