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Ridpath Club Apartments on track for fall completion

All of the 206 units, and the restaurant on the ground floor, should be completely done and open by September.


Developer Ron Wells uses passion, savvy to preserve Spokane’s heritage

In the past four decades, Ron Wells has saved dozens of buildings from the wrecking ball, and rehabilitated them for every purpose: living, dining, playing and working.


Ridpath’s revival into small downtown Spokane apartments attracts renters

Nearly 10 years after the last hotel guests checked out, downtown Spokane’s Ridpath Hotel is getting new tenants. And they pay rent.


Ridpath’s party draws several hundred people back to the former downtown Spokane landmark

Several hundred people crowded into the Ridpath Hotel on Thursday afternoon for an early party anticipating the landmark’s return to prominence in the social life of Spokane.


9 projects that will transform Spokane’s city center

Spokane is in the midst of major transformations, with $800 million in public and private investment pouring into the city’s downtown and nearby neighborhoods.


UPDATED: Tue., May 2, 2017, 8:41 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Hammers ready to swing inside the Ridpath

You might have been forgiven for thinking it would never happen. The storied Ridpath Hotel – a downtown fixture for more than a century – had fallen into such a …


City Council loans Ridpath developer $1.75 million and awards tax breaks

Developer Ron Wells plans 214 housing units in the historic hotel, including micro apartments that will rent for $453 a month. The loan will be repaid over a 25-year period. …


UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017, 11:09 p.m.

Ridpath loan of $1.75 million clears first hurdle from Spokane City Council

The city will have to vote a few more times before Ron Wells’ loan to convert the old hotel into mixed housing gets final approval.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 12:46 p.m.

City Hall will be asked to approve $1.75 million in funding for Ridpath Hotel rehab

Plans and money are coming together to revitalize the decaying Ridpath Hotel. With the help of a $1.75 million city loan expected this spring, developer Ron Wells is closer to …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 24, 2017, 10:23 p.m.

Demand for urban living creates hot market for downtown Spokane apartments

Downtown Spokane has become one the region’s hottest apartment markets, with vacancy rates hovering around 2 percent. Following national trends, much of the demand is coming from empty nesters and …


Shawn Vestal: Finally, Ridpath renovation may be a reality, part of ‘generational transformation’ of downtown

Downtown Spokane is in the midst of a massive, generational transformation, a series of changes that will redefine it for years to come.


Reopening Ridpath a thorny endeavor

Five years on, nothing much has changed at the deteriorating Ridpath Hotel in downtown Spokane.


City likely to back affordable housing vision for Ridpath Hotel

The Spokane City Council will consider a resolution supporting Ron Wells’ proposal to reopen the Ridpath Hotel as low-income apartments.


Shawn Vestal: Two visions of Ridpath’s future still battling to take control of shuttered hotel

It is only natural that the long, strange trip that has unfolded over the past several years at the Ridpath Hotel would continue to get longer and stranger. Two potential …


Developer Ron Wells loses Ridpath bid

Spokane developer Ron Wells is losing his grip on rehabilitating the Ridpath Hotel as a different group steps in to consolidate ownership.


City pays 35 percent over appraisal for land it used to own

After years of failed attempts to build housing where a former downtown fire station stood, Ron Wells and other real estate investors sold back the land to the City of …


Doug Clark: Switching on neon sign may signify brighter days for Ridpath

‘See it, yet?” “I don’t think so.”


Historic Germond Block renovation to include 18 luxury apartments

The Germond Block at the northeast corner of Sprague Avenue and Lincoln Street is one of the most important historic buildings in Spokane. It arose in 1890 from the ashes …


Scott Chesney remains mum on specific reasons for ouster

Scott Chesney, Spokane’s planning director who was abruptly ousted from his position last week, said Wednesday he was taking the “high road” and ending his role at the city. Chesney …


Developers still in dark after meeting with mayor

Spokane Mayor David Condon on Friday met with a group of developers critical of the recent forced resignation of city planning director Scott Chesney. But Condon did not tell them …


Reason for ouster of planning director, Scott Chesney, remains unclear

Spokane Mayor David Condon on Friday met with a group of developers critical of the recent forced resignation of city planning director Scott Chesney. But Condon did not tell them …


Ousted Scott Chesney gains support of Spokane developers

Within a day of being ousted as Spokane’s planning director, Scott Chesney gained influential supporters both within and outside City Hall. Walt Worthy, developer of the Grand Hotel Spokane being …


Spokane planning director leaves abruptly after ‘loss of confidence’

Hours after the city planning director was forced out of his job on Wednesday, one of Spokane’s premier developers publicly called on the mayor to hire him back. Jim Frank, …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 5, 2014, 7:57 p.m.

Kendall Yards developer calls on Condon to rehire planning director who was forced out

Hours after the city planning director was forced out of his job on Wednesday, one of Spokane’s premiere developers publicly called on the mayor to hire him back.


Steam Plant smokestacks lit in pink for breast cancer awareness

You might have noticed a pink glow in Spokane’s skyline Wednesday night. As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the twin smokestacks of the historic Steam Plant in downtown Spokane …


Steam Plant stacks turn pink

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the twin smokestacks of the historic Steam Plant in downtown Spokane are being bathed in pink light throughout October to help bring attention …


Spokane giving smaller home lots a tryout

Affordable homes on smaller, urban lots. That’s how Jim Frank is succeeding in the coveted mixed-use Kendall Yards development on the north edge of the Spokane River gorge. Frank said …


HUD loan key to Ridpath redevelopment

After more than three years of watching private developers struggle to save the derelict Ridpath Hotel, Spokane city officials are prepared to arrange limited financing to help convert the building …


Proposal would ease downtown utility bill disparity

Developer Ron Wells has a waiting list of nearly 200 people wanting affordable apartments in downtown Spokane. “There’s another 50 to 60 that couldn’t wait around and had to find …


Germond building getting upscale remodel

A historic downtown Spokane building that served as city hall in the 1890s is being converted into high-end apartments by its owner, the Diamond Parking Co., of Seattle. Once known …