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A parking structure is being built behind a historic building on East Sprague Avenue, according to permits issued by the city.

The $262,000 parking garage will be built on the site of an existing surface parking lot behind the Union Park Bank building, 2002 E. Sprague Ave., on the southeast corner of Sprague and South Napa Street.

The one-story, 3,100-square-foot garage will have five stalls, a similar number to what exists there now. Unlike the existing lot, which is surrounded by a low concrete wall, the structure will be enclosed, giving its interior protection from the weather.

The bank building is notable for the original clock pillar base that stands on the sidewalk but is also attached to the north face of the bank building. The building has been owned for decades by Dan and Brenda Overhauser, who are developing the parking structure. The building was built in 1907 and housed the Union Park Bank until 1917, when it moved. For the next 12 years, it was the location of C.E. Marr Grocery, part of a successful Spokane-based chain that eventually was sold to Safeway.

Over the years, the building’s two floors housed many different businesses, including the Silver Streak Beer Parlor from 1938 to 1961 and the Napa Tavern from 1963 to 1983. It was also the site of a local chapter of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Dillard C. Runyon Post 3064 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Spokane Dog Training Club.

The ground floor largely has been vacant since 1987, though gold letters reading “More Better Antiques” still are attached to the building.

South Henry Studios, of Greenacres, is designing the parking structure.

Nonprofit plans homes

in Chief Garry area

Community Frameworks is going to build five homes in Spokane’s Chief Garry neighborhood for people who earn low incomes.

The single-story, Craftsman-style homes are all valued at $180,000, according to permits issued by the city. The 1,400-square-foot homes will have three bedrooms, two baths, a garage and fenced yard.

The large, vacant single lot the five houses are to be built on is located on the southwest corner of East Cataldo Avenue and North Stone Street. All the houses will face Cataldo. Community Frameworks purchased the lot in 2008 for $243,000.

The houses are part of a subsidized building program by Community Frameworks, a nonprofit that develops affordable housing and provides homeownership education for low-income families. According to information from the nonprofit, people who qualify to purchase the home could receive down-payment assistance and have up to $15,000 of their down payment forgiven.

Income restrictions apply to potential homeowners. An income for a family of four must be below $52,000.

The project’s general contractor is DR Construction Services, of Spokane. The homes are expected to be ready for sale in the fall.

Brumback Construction

to build apartments

The final vacant parcel on Cedar Road just north of Francis Avenue and below the Five Mile hill is being developed into an apartment complex with 39 units, according to Nick Brumback, vice president of Brumback Construction, which is doing the work.

The $3.5 million Cedar Flats Apartments will have four three-story buildings in all, with a total of 15 one-bedroom and 24 two-bedroom apartments. The units will be between 900 and 1,100 square feet, and rents will range from $975 to $1,250 a month, Brumback said. Tenants are anticipated to start moving in September 2019.

Brumback said the apartments will look exactly like the Dakota Flats Apartments in Wandermere at 514 E. Hastings Road, a $4.6 million, 45-unit complex his Spokane Valley-based company has nearly complete.

“They’re really cool modern buildings,” he said.

The new apartments will be managed alongside Cedar Crossing, a nearby development by Brumback that includes Waddell’s Brew Pub and Grille, the Boiler Room and more apartments.

Brumback is a partner in the company with his father, Gib Brumback, who started the business 40 years ago. The company develops and oversees its own projects and maintains ownership when they’re complete. It is acting as the Cedar Flats project’s general contractor.

Paul Matthews Architects, of Rathdrum, designed the buildings. Simpson Engineers, of Spokane, did the civil engineering.


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