February 11, 2011 in Business

Apartments for seniors near completion in Valley

Project provides low-income housing
By The Spokesman-Review
 
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Appleway Court, a low-income senior housing complex, will open soon. It is being built by Kop Construction at 221 S. Farr Road, in Spokane Valley.
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Rockwood Retirement Communities, a longtime Spokane provider of senior living options, is branching into the Spokane Valley.

Its nearly finished Appleway Court project, at 221 S. Farr Road, is the center’s first venture into low-income senior housing.

The 38 apartments inside the three-story court are rentable to seniors who earn 50 percent or less of the area’s median income. Qualifying occupants end up paying about 30 percent of their monthly income as rent.

Started last year, the $6.3 million project is nearly finished, said Chris Venne, development finance director with Community Frameworks, the Spokane nonprofit that partnered with Rockwood on the project.

Each of the units is 540 square feet. The center has been designated as a Spokane Valley Meals on Wheels site.

This is the type of project Community Frameworks focuses on, Venne, said; it procures funds and typically works with a local nonprofit to build or rehabilitate more affordable housing. 

About $4 million came into the project through a federal HUD grant. Others contributing were the Washington State Housing Trust and Spokane County, Venne said.

Kop Construction, of Spokane, is the general contractor. Zeck Butler Architects did the building design.

For information on eligibility or other details, call Kiemle & Hagood’s management office at (509) 838-6541.

Sports Outlet moving northward

Sports Outlet, a retailer of equipment for outdoor activities, will move its North Division store farther north.

The company, now at 1602 N. Division St., will take 6,700 square feet of space in a building at 4505 N. Division, two blocks south of NorthTown Mall.

The move is expected to be completed in late March or early April. The property owner is Hutton Settlement. Chad Carper and Craig Soehren of Kiemle & Hagood represented the landlord.

Drop-in child care center opens

Recess Time, an hourly, drop-in childcare center, has opened at 520 S. Pines Road, No. 2, in Spokane Valley.

The goal, the owners say, is to provide an alternative for parents in need of temporary care, as opposed to baby sitters or full-time day cares.

Children from 12 months to 12 years may attend for short durations when parents have engagements such as doctor appointments, meetings, workouts or dates. The center can accommodate up to 12 kids at a time, and reservations are welcome.

Rates begin at $5.50 per child per hour.

Recess Time is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Information: (509) 891-8463 or www.time4recess.com.

Video Only to open on North Division

Video Only, an electronics retailer based in Seattle, has purchased the former Circuit City building at 7701 N. Division St. and will open its first Spokane outlet there. A start date has not been released.

Video Only sells TVs, cameras and audio video equipment. It has stores in Washington, Oregon and California. Marshall Clark, of Clark Pacific, represented Video Only.

Airway Heights will get new medical clinic

Rockwood Clinic plans to open a clinic this spring at 10414 W. Highway 2 in Airway Heights. It will include radiology and a lab.

The 3,870-square-foot clinic, called Rockwood at CrossPointe Plaza, will have staff of around nine, including one physician.

The project contractor is Vandervert Construction, of Spokane. Cory Barbieri represented Rockwood Clinic in the lease.

Deputy City Editor Scott Maben contributed to the report. Here’s the Dirt is a weekly report on development and business changes in the Inland Northwest. E-mail business@spokesman.com or call (509) 459-5528.


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