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Spokane Valley hotel on the rise

Fri., Aug. 21, 2009

Construction worker Gerardo Reyes works on framing  the new Hampton Inn and Suites in Spokane Valley on Wednesday.  It will be the second Hampton Inn in the Spokane area; there is also one in Coeur d’Alene. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Construction worker Gerardo Reyes works on framing the new Hampton Inn and Suites in Spokane Valley on Wednesday. It will be the second Hampton Inn in the Spokane area; there is also one in Coeur d’Alene. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Hampton Inn will add 106 rooms to busy area

Workers have finished about half the construction of the Spokane Valley Hampton Inn & Suites, just east of the Spokane Valley Mall, at 16418 E. Indiana Ave.

The project should be done by spring 2010, said Alex Jansen, president of Jansen Construction Co., of Oregon City, Ore., the general contractor.

He estimated the construction cost of the 106-room hotel will come to about $6 million. The total project will approach $8 million.

The four-floor hotel will have 65,000 square feet of floor space.

It will be at least the third hotel in that area, competing for visitors with the nearby Oxford Suites at 15015 E. Indiana, and with the Residence Inn at 15915 E. Indiana.

Gustin Property Group, based in New Mexico, is the developer. The Spokane Valley Hampton is a franchise facility owned by Jim O’Connell, an Arizona resident, Jansen said.

This will be the second Hampton Inn hotel in the Spokane area. Coeur d’Alene also has one franchise Hampton Inn location.

Seasons at Sandpoint adds townhomes to condos

Seasons at Sandpoint will add eight luxury townhomes to its selection of 72 luxury condominiums, all with views of Lake Pend Oreille.

Bison Builders Inc., of Spokane, is the general contractor for this construction phase.

The three-story townhomes in Sandpoint are about 4,100 square feet each with three bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths. Each also includes three balconies and a private interior elevator.

The first four townhomes will be completed by spring 2010. Pre-construction pricing starts at $1.6 million.

The new townhomes will have direct beach access, and new owners will be provided with a boat slip in the private marina.

Buyers can have their new residence completed with pre-selected finishes or be delivered “designer-ready.”

The residential resort and spa ultimately will include seven buildings along the waterfront.

Seasons at Sandpoint is represented by Tomlinson Sandpoint Sotheby’s International Realty.

Spokane architects selected for school projects

The architectural companies selected for the first projects funded by the 2009 facilities improvement bond for Spokane Public Schools are all from Spokane.

NAC|Architecture was chosen for the Ferris High School modernization; Madsen, Mitchell, Evenson and Conrad Architecture for the renovations of Finch and Jefferson elementaries; ALSC Architects for the Westview Elementary replacement; and Bernardo-Wills Architects for the HVAC and roofing replacement projects at Audubon, Cooper, Holmes, Mullan Road, Roosevelt, Whitman and Woodridge elementary schools.

The firms were selected by a team of school principals, staff members, an associate superintendent and a school board member.

Music store moves from downtown

Petrucelly’s Violins and the New Sound-Hole Music Store has moved to 1427 N. Monroe St. in north Spokane.

The store sells new and used instruments and offers a full line of repairs.

For the past five years, owner Victor Petrucelly has been in the Eldridge Building downtown. “I needed more space and I needed more traffic flow,” he said.

He’ll be open six days a week, closed Sundays.

Petrucelly launched his business in 1984. He purchased the Sound-Hole music store about 10 years ago, he said.

Billing recovery offices consolidate

Spokane’s two offices of Outreach Services have consolidated on the fourth floor of the downtown Holley Mason Building, 157 S. Howard St. They’ll take over 9,400 square feet of space.

Outreach Services provides billing recovery for hospitals by working with patients to find assistance and manage medical bills.

The move will bring together the company’s 55 Spokane workers, said Josie Sackmann, an Outreach Services spokeswoman.

One reason for the move is the Holley Mason’s abundance of fiber-optic connectivity and redundant power, noted Aaron Rollins, a spokesman for ConoverBond Development, which owns the building.

Outreach Services’ corporate office is in Seattle. Spokane has been the company’s operations center for 10 years, Sackmann said.

Verizon Wireless expands from kiosk

The Verizon Wireless kiosk in River Park Square has expanded into a retail space on the second floor of the mall.

The new store is the second in Washington selling products using Verizon’s new “evolution” format, which lets customers have full, hands-on testing of products. It’s open seven days a week.

Gift kiosk coming to mall

Gift item retailer Things Remembered will open a kiosk next week in River Park Square. It will be on the first floor.

Staff writer Jody Lawrence-Turner and Deputy City Editor Scott Maben contributed to this report. Here’s the Dirt is a weekly report on new developments and business openings, closings or movement in the Inland Northwest. E-mail or call (509) 459-5528.

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