Spokane City Council members on Monday approved an application by Haskins Steel Co. of Spokane to relinquish a one block section of a city street so the company can expand its manufacturing facility near East Sprague Avenue and North Freya Street.
Council members voted unanimously in favor of the street vacation of Rebecca Street from Main to Front avenues. The steel company would pay the city $36,200 to take over the right-of-way. The company said it needs the property to make room for a 54,000-square-foot addition.
However, owners of Spokane Tin and Sheet Iron Works, 3807 E. Ferry Ave., objected to the closure because a large number of access streets in the area had already been closed and others were gravel. Attorney David Martin said closing Rebecca Street between Main and Front avenues would increase traffic problems and make it more difficult to move through the industrial neighborhood.
He also complained that the city is not receiving enough money for the vacation.
Council President Joe Shogan said that the value was based on county assessor records and is the standard means for purchasing vacated right-of-way.
Owners or interests affiliated with Haskins Steel own property on either side of the area to be vacated. Haskins would be given a choice of maintaining a sewer easement or privatizing an 8-inch sewer line in the street, according to city documents.
In other business, the council also voted to vacate an alley in the block bounded by Riverside and Sprague avenues and Helena and Madelia streets as requested by Alan Ross of Ross Printing Co.
Also, the council voted in favor of a resolution initiating annexation of a single parcel of .75 acres on the east side of the intersection of South Havana Street and East 35th Avenue.
Free trash disposal
Residents of the Five Mile Neighborhood are invited to bring household trash and “clean green” yard waste for free disposal from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the entrance of Sky Prairie Park at Nettleton Court and Strong Road. Residents must bring proof that they reside in the Five Mile area such as a driver’s license or a piece of mail. Call John Willard at 468-2513 for more information.
•The North Hill Neighborhood Council will meet at 7 p.m. today at Willlard Elementary, 500 W. Longfellow Ave.
•The Logan Neighborhood Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fourth Memorial Church, 2000 N. Standard St.
•The Bemiss Neighborhood Council will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Northeast Community Center, 4001 N. Cook St.
•The Hillyard Neighborhood Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Northeast Community Center, 4001 N. Cook St.
•The Chief Garry Park Neighborhood Council will meet at 7 p.m. next Thursday at Stevens Elementary, 1717 E. Sinto Ave.
•The Northwest Neighborhood Council will meet at 7 p.m. next Thursday at Audubon Park United Methodist Church, 3908 N. Driscoll Blvd.
•The Greater Morgan Acres Neighborhood Association will meet at 7 p.m. next Thursday at Fire Station 98, 6606 N. Regal St.