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City website lets landowners list ‘certified’ compliant sites

Sat., April 7, 2012

Spokane city officials have launched a “certified site” program that will help planners, landowners or commercial developers find information quickly on area properties.

Owners of commercial or industrial land can submit information to the city to review if their property sites have met environmental, zoning and utility criteria.

Once certified as compliant, the property will be posted on the city’s online list. This was one idea Spokane Mayor David Condon backed in his election campaign, saying simplifying site information can help the area’s economic development.

Greater Spokane Incorporated President Rich Hadley said the certified site program is the first in Washington state. Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire sent a note to the city saying, “It’s important to help businesses cut through red tape and get to work on our economic recovery.”

The website for the program is: siteselector/default.aspx.

Listing sought for Jensen-Byrd

Spokane Preservation Advocates, a nonprofit group, has nominated the Jensen-Byrd building for inclusion on a national list of “most endangered historic places.”

They hope the building is part of an annual list of endangered places compiled by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The nomination is part of ongoing efforts by historic preservationists to stop the Texas firm that’s buying the Jensen-Byrd from demolishing it. That company, Campus Advantage, has said it will replace the Jensen-Byrd with a modern campus housing structure for Spokane’s University District.

Campus Advantage is still complying with city requirements before formally filing for a demolition permit. That demolition permit application may be requested within the next month.

The building, which dates from 1909, is a six-story brick warehouse that many advocates say is critical testament to early Spokane’s commercial district.

The SPA has asked Washington State University, which is selling the building, to reconsider and look to other options, including selling to a developer who would save the Jensen-Byrd.

The SPA has been urging area residents to sign letters and testify at a Spokane City Council meeting in favor of saving the building.

Kodak wants to pay bonuses

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Eastman Kodak Co. is seeking permission to pay about 300 executives and other employees a total of $13.5 million in bonuses to persuade them to stay with the company as it reorganizes under bankruptcy protection.

The photography company said the targeted employees have knowledge and skills critical to help the business emerge from Chapter 11 and would be difficult to replace if they left to pursue other offers. They include 119 middle managers who would share $8.5 million of the sum.

Kodak, founded in 1880, began bankruptcy proceedings in January.

Kozlowski’s parole bid denied

NEW YORK – Former Tyco CEO L. Dennis Kozlowski this week lost a bid to get out of the prison where he’s serving time in one of the corporate world’s most notorious fraud cases, with parole officials calling his role in the $100-million-plus scheme a “glaring violation” of shareholders’ trust.

The decision leaves Kozlowski, 65, behind bars until at least September 2013, when he can try for parole again.

Kozlowski and former Tyco International Ltd. Chief Financial Officer Mark Swartz were convicted in 2005 of fraud and larceny. The two executives were found guilty of helping themselves to heaps of unauthorized pay after a trial laden with details about their lavish spending – including Kozlowski’s $6,000 gold-threaded shower curtain, his $15,000 umbrella stand shaped like a small terrier, and a $2 million birthday party he threw for his wife on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia.


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