A long-term care provider received Washington state's permission to build a 120-bed nursing home in south Spokane in spite of operating a facility that had the worst record in the county for resident care during the past year. Franklin Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center, a north Spokane nursing home operated by Extendicare Health Services Inc., had extensive care deficiencies for the second straight year, resulting in enforcement actions by the state Department of Social and Health Services and the federal government.
NAC Architecture is building a $2.7 million addition to its headquarters at Riverside Avenue and Jefferson Street in Spokane. The three-story addition will add 10,000 square feet to the company's three-story brick building, said Dana Harbaugh, a principal in the company.
Operators of some adult family homes in Washington say they are struggling to afford state mandated professional liability insurance. The insurance is required for about 2,200 adult family homes across the state that have contracts to care for low-income elderly and disabled people on Medicaid. The homes are licensed for two to six residents each and operate as small businesses, while providing 24-hour care.
Black Rock Development is building an exclusive camp for kids of parents who belong to The Club at Black Rock. Kootenai Camp, a fantasyland for the young, will include a manmade fishing lake, a secret agent-like zip line that traverses the lake and outings that include scavenger hunts by boat and day trips to Silverwood Theme Park.
The YMCA and YWCA are hosting a groundbreaking to kick off construction of their new central Spokane campus. Demolition on the old Big Brothers and Big Sisters Bingo hall that occupies the site at 930 N. Monroe St. has begun, said Trish McFarland, campaign manager for the project.
A Spokane Valley retirement complex devoted to healthy living is opening in mid-November. Evergreen Fountains Senior Living Community, on Evergreen Road off Interstate 90, has six cottages, 75 independent apartments and 25 additional units catering to residents needing assisted living services.
The thousand-gallon aquarium is gone, the fishing tackle a thing of the past. White's Boots, a 102-year-old Spokane sporting goods store, is headed in a different direction. Although the company's sales have grown by 11 percent for two straight years, the fishing gear wasn't profitable, said Gary March, president and CEO of White's Boots. When he assessed how to best compete with the newly arrived Cabela's and other big-box retailers, it became obvious which way to go. Boots have always been the mainstay of the company, located near the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center. So White's Boots is doing a $250,000 remodel that will add both retail and manufacturing space. Instead of looking at bass and walleye in an aquarium, customers will be able to watch boots being crafted by hand.
Residents have appealed a recent decision by the city of Spokane that could open the door for more big-box stores on the South Hill. The group appeared before Hearing Examiner Greg Smith on Tuesday, challenging the process used to evaluate whether changing the zoning of a 12- and a 15-acre parcel on Regal Street, south of Palouse Highway, would adversely affect the traffic flow and environment.
Local developer Dick Vandervert is building a $6 million office complex that will boast views of a man-made lake and become home to his construction company. Preliminary work has begun on the three-story Wandermere Professional Building, which is being built on the northeast corner of Addison Street and Farwell Road. It will have 44,500 square feet of space and house about a dozen businesses, including medical and dental professionals, said Dave Lindquist, principal of Spokane-based Lindquist Architects.