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Here’s the Dirt: South Hill gaining medical building

Construction of a two-story medical building has begun at 3707 S. Grand Blvd. A dentist and a foot-and-ankle specialist will occupy the building.  (Christopher Anderson)
Construction of a two-story medical building has begun at 3707 S. Grand Blvd. A dentist and a foot-and-ankle specialist will occupy the building. (Christopher Anderson)

A foot-and-ankle specialist and dentist will occupy a two-story office building just under construction at 3707 S. Grand Blvd.

The $2 million building will encompass 8,700 square feet on the main floor and 1,200 square feet upstairs, with another 8,700 square feet in the basement, said project manager Jeremy Keeble of Leone & Keeble Inc.

The site, formerly occupied by three homes, will also accommodate 47 parking slots, he said.

The tenants will be Dr. Stan Sargeant of Parkside Dental and Dr. Borys Markewych of South Hill Foot & Ankle.

Keeble said construction is expected to take 10 months.

TierPoint building third data center

Liberty Lake data center TierPoint Inc. has begun work on its $8.2 million third center, the company said.

The 10,000-square-foot TierPoint 3 site will be completed sometime next spring, said Octavio Morales, one of the company’s three active partners.

TierPoint operates two other data centers in its main building, at 23403 E. Mission Ave.

The new location is several blocks to the west. One of its major innovations is a state- and city-approved use of aquifer water to cool the building’s operations room.

The new cooling system will consume no water, since the system design means all water brought into the building returns to the aquifer, with no evaporation or any contamination, Morales said.

The architect is Benardo Wills of Spokane. Mike Silvey Construction is the general contractor.

Monroe access for Kendall Yards

Residents of Kendall Yards may have direct access to Monroe Street by the end of the year, weather-permitting, Wayne Frost said Thursday.

The vice president of Greenstone Corp.’s commercial division said Ide Avenue, which connects with Monroe just north of the Spokane River bridge, will be obliterated, as will the retaining wall supporting the sidewalk on its south side.

Some of that work, which includes the installation of water, sewer and other utilities, has already been done, he said.

In place of Ide, Frost said, Greenstone will build an extension of Bridge Avenue west from Monroe to a new section of Jefferson Street. Jefferson will link Broadway Avenue to Summit Parkway, the main street of Kendall Yards.

The parkway will eventually run all the way through the development to Summit Boulevard on its west end, he said, but construction this fall will take the new road west only as far as Elm Street, where the first homes are being built.

Drivers on Bridge will have to yield to stop signs as they approach Monroe, he said.

Frost said initial traffic volume will not justify signaling.

If it looks like weather may cut the construction season short, priority will be given to the parkway between Elm and Cedar Street, which would give drivers a connection to College or Broadway avenues, he said.

Frost said commercial development between Monroe and Cedar could begin in 2011.

Shadle Park High shows off remodel

Folks looking to see the results from Shadle Park High School’s remodeling project can take self-guided tours today from 6 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At 1 p.m. Saturday is the formal dedication with a number of dignitaries and local figures on hand.

Garco Construction of Spokane oversaw the $55 million renovation of the original 220,000-square-foot school. A new gym has added 55,000 square feet.

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 or call (509) 459-5528.