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State sending millions for Spokane-area projects

The House of Representatives gave overwhelming support this morning to some $2.8 billion in public works projects — from new facilities for universities to sewers in small communities — paid for by bonds or special accounts.

Here’s a look at Spokane-area projects included in the 2011-13 spending plan:

$35 million to start the new Riverpoint Biomedical and Health Sciences Building in Spokane

$30.5 million for the Patterson Hall Remodeling on the Eastern Washington University Cheney campus

$17.6 million for classroom remodeling on the Spokane Falls Community College campus

$17 million for stormwater overflow improvements in Spokane

$3.5 million for the Spokane YMCA/YWCA

$1.6 million to buy land around Antoine Peak

$1.25 million for the Second Harvest Food Bank distribution center

$862,00 for ARC of Spokane

$400,000 for the Spokane Aerospace Technology Center

$79,000 to the Spokane Neighborhood Action Program.The Capital Budget also contains a proviso requiring the Washington National Guard to transfer land at Geiger Field to the Spokane Community College that will be traded with Spokane International Airport to set up the Aerospace Technology Center.

Look for complete coverage of what’s supposed to be the final day of the Washington Legislature’s special session in Thursday’s edition of The Spokesman-Review.

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Then and Now: Comstock Park

James M. Comstock, born in 1838 in Wisconsin, arrived in Spokane in time to witness the great fire of 1889 and start Spokane Dry Goods with Robert Paterson. It became the Crescent, Spokane’s premier department store for a century. He also worked in real estate and owned other businesses. He served a term as Spokane mayor, starting in 1899. James Comstock died in 1918.