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State Budget pays off for Spokane area

OLYMPIA – State lawmakers have agreed on a two-year construction budget that includes hundreds of millions of dollars for Inland Northwest universities, nonprofit organizations, parks and civic groups.

“It’s scary-good for Spokane,” said Rep. Timm Ormsby, who’s on one of the budget-writing committees.

After months of negotiation, here’s how some Spokane-area projects did:

“Mirabeau Point Children’s Universal Park: $800,000.

“Mobius: $800,000 for this blend of science and technology center with children’s museum.

“Spokane River whitewater park: $530,000.

“Avista Stadium renovations, part of a larger push by lawmakers to spruce up the state’s several minor-league ballparks: $2 million.

“Spokane Valley Community Center and Food Bank: $260,000.

“Chewelah Peak Environmental Learning Center: $1 million.

“Eastern Washington State Historical Society (the Museum of Arts and Culture): $2.2 million.

“Downtown Spokane’s Fox Theater: $2 million.

“Sex-offender treatment program building at Airway Heights prison: $5 million

“Colville armory: $942,000.

“Washington State University: $190 million, including $58 million for a biotechnology building in Pullman and $29 million for two classroom buildings at the branch campus in Vancouver.

“Eastern Washington University: $38 million, including $10.8 million to renovate Hargreaves Hall and $2 million toward a remodel of Patterson Hall.

“Spokane Community College: $3.4 million, including $2.4 million for a technical education building.

“Spokane Falls Community College: $6.3 million, including a chemistry and life sciences building and renovation of a music building.

“Gladish Center, a community center that was once the Pullman High School: $48,000.

“Salvation Army, Spokane: $275,000 for work on a family resource center.

“N.A.T.I.V.E. Project, Spokane: $375,000 to renovate and expand this adolescent drug- and alcohol treatment and counseling center in the West Central neighborhood.

“YMCA of the Inland Northwest: $800,000 toward a planned new facility in north Spokane.

“Fish Lake Trail: $1 million for improvements to the Spokane-area trail.

“Spokane YWCA/YMCA: $2.5 million toward a new combined facility downtown.

“Spokane East Central Community Center: $150,000 for a new garage for the center’s vans.

“Spokane Emmanuel Center: $500,000 toward a $1.8 million center providing classes, day care, computers and a food bank in southeast Spokane.

“Buying Antoine Peak land: $1.4 million.

“Spokane’s Northeast Community Center: $1 million for work to expand the center’s medical-, youth- and child-care services.

“Greenacres neighborhood: $306,000 to buy land for a community park.

“Fishing dock at Newman Lake: $250,000.

To see the 286-page budget bill or a 50-page summary, go to and click on “conference committee reports.”


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