Washington State University officials have this message for historic preservation advocates: We heard you.
Historic preservationists launched a letter-writing campaign after hearing that the Jensen/Byrd Building, built in 1909, could be torn down as part of the redevelopment of 5 acres WSU owns east of downtown Spokane. Last fall, WSU issued a request for proposals from companies interested in redeveloping the land.
WSU now is planning to commission a study of the building to determine its cultural and architectural significance, along with its economic feasibility.
Northwest Architectural Co. and Goebel Construction, the companies selected to redevelop the land, say their plans include preserving the building.
However, Gerald Schlatter, WSU’s executive director of capital planning and development, said the college needs to see the results of the study before making any final judgments.
Unemployment rises in February
Spokane County’s February unemployment rate climbed to 6.1 percent, up from 5.6 percent in January, state officials reported Tuesday.
The statewide rate in February was 5.6 percent, up slightly from 5.3 percent in January.
Though the state jobless rate increased in February, officials said that reflects a much larger number of people actively seeking jobs due to an improving economy.
They said 20,500 new workers entered the job market in February and 13,400 found jobs. That is about 7 percent more workers looking for jobs than a year ago, and an indication the job market is still attractive, according to a press release from Washington’s Employment Security Department.
Online S-R offers financial data
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Privacy advocates oppose IRS plan
The Internal Revenue Service is proposing to alter some privacy protections that consumer groups say would allow tax preparers greater leeway to sell personal financial information from the documents or even copies of the entire return itself.
The IRS has scheduled a hearing for April 4 on the proposal, part of a package of revisions the agency says are designed to safeguard information.