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Thursday, April 18, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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The Dirt: La Quinta Inn to be built near Spokane International Airport

Construction of a La Quinta Inn is slated for this spring near the Spokane International Airport.

The $6.4 million project is designed as a four-story, 85-room hotel at 4611 S. Dowdy Road, next to Interstate 90 and West Geiger Boulevard. The structure will comprise more than 50,000 square feet, and Vandervert Construction of Spokane is the general contractor.

Irving, Texas-based La Quinta Holdings Inc. as a hotel operator and franchisor primarily offers lodging facilities in the midscale and upper midscale markets. The company’s owned and franchised portfolio includes more than 880 properties in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Honduras.

Kroc Center expanding

The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Coeur d’Alene is preparing for a two-phase construction project this spring to update its entrance and expand childcare space.

For the first phase, work will improve energy efficiency by extending and enclosing the center’s front entrance, which also will eliminate a seasonal problem of snow and ice on the walkway. Two sets of sliding doors will be installed.

Members will enter through the east entrance during construction.

The second project will add 2,000 square feet against the southeast side of the Play Care wall, into an area originally set up with an outdoor patio and fireplace. The center’s website notice says Play Care, which provides child care for kids ages 6 and under, will move to the Kootenai and River Rooms of the Community Wing during that portion of construction.

Both projects are expected to cost $850,000. Money from the Salvation Army’s capital reserve funds will pay for the remodeling. Previously, the Kroc Center added onto the main building, expanding the weight room, and also built a detached parking structure.

Coeur d’Alene to remodel city hall

The City of Coeur d’Alene is starting a $1.9 million remodel project for its city hall. Work will enhance access for people with disabilities, improve a visitors’ entry space, and make revisions to parking access.

People during construction should enter the building, at 710 E. Mullan Ave., from the upper level, which is connected to the shared parking with the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. Lower-level improvements and elevator work will happen in a first phase.

Much of the lower-level parking will be closed as contractor Ginno Construction begins renovations. Overall updates will include a new customer service center, upgrades to heating and cooling systems, renovated offices, new handicap access bathrooms, and security upgrades.

The projects are expected to wrap up by October.

Parsons buys Spokane Valley building

Parsons Construction, a Spokane builder of custom homes and general contractor, has purchased a Spokane Valley building as expanded space for its offices.

The company will do a major renovation to the 4,700-square-foot structure, at 7703 E. Trent Ave. Also, the business is offering a build-to-suit option to another enterprise interested in locating on adjacent vacant land, at 7715 E. Trent, acquired by Parsons in the recent property transaction.

Brokers assisting with the transaction were Jim Orcutt, of Black Commercial, and Matthew Byrd, of Cornerstone Property Advisors.

Big 5 grand opening set

Big 5 Sporting Goods has scheduled a grand opening Friday for a new location in Spokane Valley, at 15735 E. Broadway Ave.

The sporting goods retailer took over space in Spokane Valley where a former Hancock Fabrics store and neighboring retail store closed. The roughly 13,400-square-foot Big 5 space is in a retail strip near the Wal-Mart store.

Let us know about new businesses, construction projects, expansions or relocations. Send items to The Dirt at TrevaL@spokesman.com, or call (509) 459-5439.

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