A three-unit townhome will replace a single-family home in Spokane’s Nevada Heights neighborhood, according to permits issued by the city.
The development at 52 E. Garland Ave. is about a block east of Division Avenue and a block south of Patrick S. Byrne Park.
When complete, the two-story triplex will have 3,000 square feet and include off-street parking for tenants. The townhome project is valued at $440,000.
The property was purchased by Brian and Tanya Bunker in May 2012 for $35,000. Locha Construction, also owned by the Bunkers, is the project’s general contractor.
“I’m hoping if this good weather holds I can break ground for foundation, which is normally difficult this time of year,” said Brian Bunker, adding the triplex will be complete six months after construction begins.
“It’s a gargantuan deal for me,” said Bunker, of the tax exemption. “As a small builder, my pockets are not as deep as others. It helps me out a lot. That’s great incentive.”
Bunker has built a number of multifamily buildings in town, which he prefers to building single-family homes or apartment buildings.
“I like these two- to six- or seven-type units. It gets people away from apartments, but it’s a happy medium,” he said. “Townhouses are a good option that feel more like a home and are more desirable than an apartment.”
Bunker said the rent would be in the $1,000 a month range.
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