January 9, 2014 in Washington Voices

Developer seeking section of Alki in Spokane Valley

Valley has no plans to develop street at site
By The Spokesman-Review
 

Developers of a gated multi-family housing project planned for Spokane Valley want the city to vacate an undeveloped portion of Alki Avenue.

The planning commission has unanimously backed the request but City Council members Tuesday night asked for additional information before proceeding. Of particular concern is whether it would leave a nearby parcel landlocked.

The 5.8-acre project by Conard & Hill Development LLC would include 42 units of senior housing in a combination of 12 four-plex and tri-plex buildings. The site is located east of McDonald Road and south of Broadway Avenue.

The stretch of undeveloped Alki right-of-way is 19 feet wide and nearly 167 feet long. It’s located east of the intersection with McCabe Road. The developer would use the extra land to provide an additional exit from the complex and to improve emergency vehicle access, said city planner Christina Janssen. Half of the Alki right-of-way width was vacated earlier, which is why the stretch of city land is so narrow.

Planning commission members also noted that no plans exist for completing that portion of Alki.

Under the proposal, the developer would bear all costs of transferring ownership of the land.

The plan is expected to be considered again at next week’s council meeting.

Meanwhile, the council also decided Tuesday to avoid tinkering with Spokane Valley’s light industrial zoning.

Mayor Dean Grafos said the city has a good balance already.

“I think we should just sit tight for right now,” Grafos said following a presentation by city planners seeking council direction on whether they should spend time evaluating Spokane Valley’s existing code to determine whether changes should be considered this year.

Earlier, some city leaders had suggested a re-examination and potential broadening of permitted uses in Spokane Valley’s light industrial zones be studied.


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