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The Dirt: Mixed use planned for Music City Building

UPDATED: Mon., July 24, 2017, 9:30 a.m.

A downtown Spokane historic structure along West First Avenue will get spruced up as a mixed-use building.

The Music City Building, at 1011 W. First Ave., is scheduled to have 3,300 square feet of space remodeled for business use. It will have common areas, and just over 20,000 square feet of space will be converted into about 14 apartments, based on building permit information.

The structure was built in 1912, according to county records. Mauer Construction, of Spokane, is the contractor for the renovations, which has overall project costs expected to be $1.5 million.

This work falls under recent plans by owner GVD Partners LP, with businessman Jerry Dicker as president, to spruce up the West First block. It involves an adjacent structure, the former Odd Fellows Building, which has received updates as the Montvale Event Center.

Last year, the Montvale Hotel site at the corner of the block also received renovations.

Expansion at Midway school

Work recently started for a major renovation and expansion project at Midway Elementary School in the Mead School District.

Bouten Construction in Spokane is serving as the general contractor and construction manager. MMEC Architects is the designer.

At 821 E. Midway Road, the construction will leave a school of about 61,000 square feet total that includes an addition of about 4,000 square feet. The expansion is adding three classrooms, converting an outdoor play area into a multipurpose room and building a kitchen.

Work also will modernize the air conditioning and heating systems. During phases of construction, students will remain at the school through some use of portable classrooms. The project is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2018-19 school year.

Interagency office center to be built

The Idaho Panhandle National Forest is constructing an interagency center to house its supervisor’s office, Bureau of Land Management’s field office for Coeur d’Alene and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offices.

The new facility will be within the current footprint of the forest service’s nursery on Kathleen Avenue in Coeur d’Alene. The building is expected to save about $9.5 million in tax dollars compared with current leases.

The city of Coeur d’Alene is reviewing the plans for a building permit, and construction is scheduled to start as soon as the permit is approved.

Preliminary site work will include installing a fence around the perimeter of the new building and removing trees.

Hardware distributor leases CdA space

Memphis-based Orgill Inc., a distributor of hardware and home-improvement products with a regional distribution center in Post Falls, also has leased a 19,800-square-foot warehouse building at 500 W. Dalton Ave. in Coeur d’Alene. Craig Hunter and Rob Kannapien, both of Coldwell Banker, Commercial Schneidmiller Realty, handled the transaction.


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