July 3, 2009 in Business

RiverView one step closer

Developers of state border master-planned resort submit permit application with Spokane County
By The Spokesman-Review
 
Courtesy of Hughes Investments photo

This artist’s rendering shows RiverView, a proposed hotel development at the Washington-Idaho border near Cabela’s. Courtesy of Hughes Investments
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The developers behind RiverView, a proposed cluster of hotels and restaurants on the Washington-Idaho border near the Cabela’s sporting goods store, have taken the next step toward building the $25 million resort.

Hughes Investments, of Newport Beach, Calif., and Watson & Associates, of Seal Beach, Calif., have submitted a conditional use permit application for the “master planned resort” to the Spokane County Building and Planning Department.

Alan Johnson, Hughes’ senior vice president of development, said this week he hopes to “be under construction this time next year.”

Hughes owns about 10 acres of the site, and Watson owns about 7 acres.

The developers envision a resort for Cabela’s customers and people drawn to recreation along the Spokane River.

The proposal shows three hotels, with about 350 rooms total, on the north side of the river and just west of Cabela’s, which sits across the state line in Post Falls. The conceptual site plan also shows a restaurant, a fast-food outlet, a convenience store/gas station, and an espresso stand.

Below the three hotels, private trails would lead guests to viewpoints and “seasonal gazebos” along the river. Amenities would include fly-fishing areas and boat launches for rafts, canoes and kayaks.

The riverbank there “has been underutilized and is currently in a dilapidated state,” the developers wrote in a project description for the county. “Improvements, such as riverbank restoration, private trails and scenic viewing platforms, will revitalize the appearance of this important gateway to Spokane County.”

Under Spokane County’s comprehensive plan, a “master planned resort” designation requires a conditional-use permit allowing development outside designated urban growth areas. The permit request is under initial review, county senior planner Tammy Jones said, and a public hearing on it could be scheduled as early as this fall.

Meanwhile, the county is preparing to rebuild the old I-90 bridge on East Appleway Avenue across the Spokane River. The 70-year-old bridge is a key link to the Stateline community and to the RiverView-Cabela’s development area. It’s used by about 9,000 vehicles a day and has a weight restriction of 10,000 pounds, which bars truck traffic.

The county is in the design and permitting phase and plans to seek bids on the bridge project next February, said Neil Carroll, the county’s bridge engineer. The project cost is estimated at $11.2 million, with the Federal Highway Administration committed to paying 80 percent of that and the county road fund covering the balance, Carroll said.

Construction on the new two-lane bridge is expected to begin in June 2010. Appleway Avenue will be closed for about 18 months for the work. Cars and pickups will be detoured to Harvard Road and East Wellesley Avenue in Washington, and West Seltice Way and Pleasant View Road in Idaho. Trucks will be routed to East Trent Avenue during construction.

New barber shop at NorthTown

Head Hunters, a full-service barber shop, has moved into the second floor of Spokane’s NorthTown Mall. Owner Mike White is running his first Spokane-based business, after moving from San Antonio, where he was also a barber.

Hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

White will also do cuts on Monday by appointment only. His number is (509) 869-8728.

Three new tenants at industrial park

Three area firms have signed leases at the Spokane Business and Industrial Park in Spokane Valley.

Young’s-Columbia of Washington, LLC, is taking 6,400 square feet of space in Building 2 at the park, 3808 N. Sullivan Road. The company is a distributor of wine, beer and soda.

Gallant North America has leased approximately 9,600 square feet of space in Building 12. Its primary business is as a warehouse for fiberglass products.

Pacific Power Tech is leasing 9,600 square feet in Building 18. The company distributes hydraulic, pneumatic and lubrication components.

Reporter Tom Sowa 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 business@spokesman.com or call (509) 459-5528.

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