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Here’s the Dirt: Liberty Lake lots have natural neighbor

At the MacKenzie Beach development on the southeast side of Liberty Lake, there are six house lots that stretch to the sandy beach next to the dock. One secondary lot behind those is available.  (Jesse Tinsley)
At the MacKenzie Beach development on the southeast side of Liberty Lake, there are six house lots that stretch to the sandy beach next to the dock. One secondary lot behind those is available. (Jesse Tinsley)

Family gives county land near Mackenzie Beach for conservation, recreation

A new housing development on Liberty Lake will be backed up by a big chunk of land that will remain natural and open to the public.

Twelve homes are planned at Mackenzie Beach on the southeast side of the lake. The same family owned the land for more than a century and laid plans to ensure the preservation of 113 acres, which is being deeded to Spokane County for conservation and recreation.

Roderick Mackenzie bought the property in 1890, and it remained in ownership of the Harder family – Mackenzie’s descendants – until sold in recent years to the Liberty Lake Conservation Partnership.

Greenstone, a Liberty Lake-based developer, has prepared six half-acre lakeside lots and six upland meadow lots of about an acre each. Waterfront lots are priced from $695,000 to $895,000; all remain available. One meadow lot remains unsold, listed at $225,000. Ten of the 12 lots come with a boat slip on a community dock.

One meadow home, built by Greenstone, is nearing completion. It features wood accents, a masonry fireplace, exposed beams and lake views, said Drew Benado, project manager at Greenstone.

The company also has designed a spec home for a waterfront lot. The 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom home and lot are available for $1.2 million.

Lot owners can use other builders as well.

Amenities include paved roads and public sewer and water system hookups.

“To get an urban waterfront lot in that type of setting is very unusual,” said Bill Fanning, the development’s broker, with Century 21 Beutler-Waterfront. “And to have that associated with such an extraordinary natural conservation area is very unusual.”

The natural area, located away from the lake and across Lakeside Road, will be open for public use.

Interested buyers can see the property during an open house Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. To reach the site, go east on East Appleway Avenue, south on North Molter Road, east on East Valleyway Avenue, and south on North Lakeside Road. Look for the sign.

The sixth annual Fall Festival of Homes begins today and runs through Sunday, and again Oct. 1-3. Times are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

The show features 41 homes from 24 Spokane builders. The homes range in value from $164,900 to $849,000 and are located throughout the city.

Tour participants may enter a drawing to win $8,000 in appliances from Fred’s Appliance.

For more information and to view the featured homes, visit

Inland Imaging adds Liberty Lake office

Inland Imaging will open its seventh Spokane-area center in the Liberty Lake Health & Wellness Center under construction at 1334 N. Whitman Lane, Chief Operating Officer Kathleen Wilson said.

She said Inland will take a 10-year lease on 3,200 square feet, where X-ray and MRI imaging equipment will be installed. The space will also allow Inland to add screening mammography, ultrasound and CT scanning in the future.

The center will open with one radiologist and two other employees, she said.

Baker Construction & Development Inc. is the owner and builder of the 26,000-square-foot, $6.2 million project, which Barry Baker said will also house Columbia Medical Associates LLC, UDistrict Physical Therapy, Whispering Falls massage Therapy, and Pathology Associates Medical Laboratory.

He said the building is about 75 percent leased.

The Flying Pig opens on Sprague

Former Great Harvest employees Marsha Loiacono and Erin Rauth have joined forces and opened The Flying Pig, a Spokane breakfast and lunch shop at 1822 E. Sprague Ave.

It’s across the street from the Tin Roof furniture outlet.

Open daily except Sunday, the restaurant’s menu has a full range of breakfast choices and plenty of sandwich items. In keeping with the pig in the name, the shop will offer a wide variety of pork sandwiches.

Hot dogs done sandwich style are also a regular option, along with salads and coffee specials.

The owners have a yearly lease for the space, which measures about 1,200 square feet.

Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lots above Columbia up for auction

A 15,548-acre ranch near Bridgeport will be auctioned off in 31 tracts Tuesday at the DoubleTree Hotel City Center.

The parcels, not all contiguous, sit on bluffs above the south bank of the Columbia River near Lake Rufus Woods.

Owner Rusty Hunt said the property originally was purchased by his grandfather, and he and his father added to the original holding.

Some of the land is planted in wheat, the rest is grassland with views of the river and the Cascade Mountains.

According to information at the website of J.P. King Auction Co., the parcels range in size from 154 acres to more than 1,300 acres. One of the tracts has two remodeled farmhouses and associated outbuildings.

The auction begins at 11 a.m.

Staff writers Bert Caldwell and 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.