A rezoning request that would allow construction of an apartment complex and professional office in the Indian Trail neighborhood has been denied by the City of Spokane Hearing Examiner.
However a Planned Unit Development proposed nearby with 25 attached homes was approved, with conditions.
Both projects were proposed by Western Real Properties, represented by Gene Cameron.
Hearing Examiner Greg Smith, denied the 59-unit apartment complex, in part because it doesn’t conform to the Indian Trail Neighborhood Specific Plan. The land was originally designated as school property, but District 81 later decided to buy a different configuration of land in the same area.
“There is nothing in the plan that shows it should suddenly change to medium density residential simply because the school district chooses other property,” said Smith.
“We were very disappointed,” said Cameron.
“We were very surprised that the office was turned down,” he added, noting there was almost no neighborhood opposition to the proposed professional building on the corner of Indian Trail and Lowell Road.
“We got zapped. I guess it shows the adopted neighborhood specific plan is cast in concrete,” he said.
Western Real Properties, a group of investors organized in the 1970s, originally could have built 231 apartment units on the land between Lowell and Pacific Park Road.
But over the years the land was sold for the fire department, school and a church. It was also a proposed location for the Indian Trail Branch Library.
Western Real Properties has until Oct. 24 to appeal the decision.
“We are going to talk about it. An appeal is still being considered,” said Cameron.
The approved PUD will include 25 attached homes, without backyards.
Requirements for construction include no direct access to Indian Trail Road, an internal path system that connects to Indian Trail road, and stormwater provisions.
The PUD includes private streets, which will be paid for and maintained by the homeowners’ association.