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Zoning Changes Sought For Planned Apartments

By Adam Lynn Staff Writer

Land use

Two developers are seeking permission from Spokane County to build 134 apartment units in the Valley.

Richard Adams of Spokane wants to build 72 units on just more than six acres between Evergreen and Mamer roads, just north of Boone Avenue.

John Stone, also of Spokane, proposes building 62 units on 7.4 acres near Nora and Wilbur roads, south of Interstate 90.

Both men will take their requests before the county hearing examiner committee on Nov. 16.

The committee renders decisions on land-use proposals in the unincorporated areas.

The hearing begins at 9 a.m. in the downstairs meeting room of the county public works building, 1026 W. Broadway.

Lately, committee members have been responsive to developers who propose apartment complexes.

The county has a shortage of such housing, and apartments in urban areas are considered the most efficient residential use of land.

Last month, the committee approved a 316-unit complex near Mission and McDonald, despite the fact that the project would pump several hundred more cars onto roads that already are the most crowded in the area.

Both Adams and Stone need a change of zoning on their property to move forward with their projects.

Both parcels are currently zoned for single-family uses.

The committee will decide if that zoning should be changed to multifamily to accommodate the two projects.

There are six other Valley development projects on the committee’s agenda:

Jim Mahar of Spokane wants to develop 3.7 acres off Mission Avenue into 12 single family lots.

The property, which is just west of Center Road, is already zoned for single family uses.

Mahar is requesting preliminary approval of his Bradley Heights subdivision.

Larry Thompson of Spokane is seeking permission to build a dental office on Broadway near Pines.

Thompson needs a change of zoning, from single-family residential to multi-family residential, on his 27,000-square foot lot to build the office.

Northwood Properties Inc. wants to expand its massive Northwood subdivision north of Millwood.

The company has asked the committee to approve a plan to divide almost 11 acres off Ella Street and west of Northwood Drive into 31 single-family lots.

The land is currently zoned for such use.

C.L. Bergland of Spokane wants to build a restaurant and mini-storage unit on a 47,000-square foot parcel on Pines Road, south of Olive Avenue.

He needs a change of zoning, from neighborhood business and single-family residential, to regional business.

Bryan Stone of Spokane wants the committee to cut him some slack on a project he proposes off Nora Avenue, near Wilbur.

Scott, who wants to develop a multi-family subdivision on 2.7 acres, doesn’t want to build a second driveway into the project or make improvements to Nora.

Dean Greer of Spokane plans a 38-lot development on 12.5 acres off Sullivan Road, north of 32nd Avenue.

Greer is asking the committee for preliminary approval of his Celtic Addition project.

, DataTimes

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Tags: development

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