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A historic building slated for the wrecking ball could get a friend in the Spokane City Council.
Late last year, Washington State University-Spokane announced it would sell a 102-year-old warehouse called the Jensen-Byrd building so a development company could tear down the brick building and erect student housing.
Last month, the city-county Historic Landmarks Commission determined the building is eligible to be placed on historic registries. That will create procedural hurdles for tearing it down, but doesn’t prohibit demolition as long as a new building takes its place.
On Monday, the Spokane City Council will consider a non-binding resolution requesting that WSU reconsider the decision.
Councilman Steve Salvatori, co-sponsor of the resolution, said the structure is sound.
“It could be an iconic, signature part of the campus,” Salvatori said. “It could be the most iconic, signature landmark on that campus.”