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That monolith in the convention center project? It’s a shear wall

Today's SR story about the large hotel project across from the Convention Center featured an aerial photo by SR photographer Jesse Tinsley.

The photo doesn't display very well the large monolithic wall that's on the site. At the street level, that large wall of concrete is very visible. It's just above the center of this photo. The red lift with the white arm is just below the wall.

Just estimating, it looks to be a concrete slab 60 feet wide by maybe 40 feet high, by maybe 3 feet across the top.

Matt Jensen, a spokesman for Walt Worthy, who's building the 15-floor hotel, identified that slab as a shear wall. In taller structures, shear walls provide lateral stability to the building in the event of an earthquake or intense windstorm.

The new convention center hotel will have six such walls. In projects like this, they are tied in to the foundation walls and will run up the height of the building.

Construction crews hope to get as many started before winter snows come in.

When work picks up in March, the project will add a large crane for moving materials up the walls and onto the building floors.

The Davenport Hotel Collection rendering of how the building will look, more or less, is below.

C.I. Shenanigans sold to Public Facilities District…

Good morning Netizens…

The Spokane Public Facilities District has purchased the C.I. Shenanigan’s restaurant. Oh?

Shenanigan’s is sited about 25 feet northeast of the convention center. That would make it a big target in the eyes of the the Facilities District, that has consistently buying up land adjacent to the convention center. Facilities District Executive Director Kevin Twohig said buying the restaurant, at 332 N. Spokane Falls Court, will allow for convention center expansion.

However, the district will not set up a plan nor take a proposal to the voters yet, according to Twohig.

The City of Spokane is broke, deeply in debt, but it just keeps spending money as if there was no limit. The Facilities District members are not elected into office, nor do the voters have any say over how they spend their money, yet the taxpayers are on the hook for every penny they spend. How does this work?

Doesn’t this have the aroma of the River Park Square funding all over again? I’m truly perplexed over how the voters are sitting by and allowing this to happen, over and over again without saying, “Stop the spending now!”

The Public Facilities District is taking a fine eatery and good employer off the tax bases and replacing it with an unknown plan, with no apparent proposal in mind. Someone needs to stop the runaway horse cart.