In/Around: East Central
Activists in the East Central neighborhood would like to bring more life to the area’s businesses.
They’ve scheduled a meeting next Wednesday afternoon to discuss ways of improving the commercial atmosphere in East Spokane.
“It’s an open meeting. Everyone can give their opinions,” said Bev Orr, a member of the East Central steering committee who is organizing the event.
The meeting will be at 3 p.m. at the East Central Community Center, 500 S. Stone.
Business owners, city officials, community leaders and area residents are invited.
“We are going to talk about revitalization,” Orr said.
The neighborhood would like to find ways to fill empty stores, improve the appearance of warehouses and plan for changes in the neighborhood.
Changes in transportation, such construction of a new North Spokane freeway interchange or a light rail system, could have an impact on the neighborhood, she said.
One idea is to host open houses at area businesses next summer.
The area to be studied is bounded by Division and Havana, Mission and 17th.
In other East Central events, residents are meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the community center to talk about formation of a neighborhood council.
The Spokane City Council recently approved three neighborhoods to have governing councils and is expected to expand council authority to other neighborhoods, including East Central.
The councils will give neighborhoods greater influence over city services and land-use decisions affecting their neighborhoods.