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Motel And Restaurant Complex Proposed For Freeway Interchange At Liberty Lake

Two Spokane Valley landowners are hoping to capitalize on their property’s proximity to one of the last undeveloped freeway interchanges in the Valley.

Roy Leland and Nathan Marks will ask the Spokane County hearing examiner committee to rezone 15.6 acres of their Liberty Lake property for regional business. The property, north of Interstate 90 on Harvard Road, is currently zoned for light industrial use.

The request is one of four Valley items on the agenda for Thursday’s hearing examiner committee meeting. A fifth item, a request by businessman Gene Cohen for a zoning change for property he owns at Harvard and Euclid, was withdrawn.

Leland and Marks are proposing to build a motel and restaurant on the eastern portion of the parcel, which is just north of Mission Avenue and draws its eastern boundary along Harvard. The two are hoping access to the site via the Liberty Lake/Otis Orchards freeway interchange will boost business.

“These interchanges are very, very valuable commodities because their are very few of them,” said John Konen, a development consultant for David Evans and Associates, a firm that is working with Leland and Marks on the project.

The parcel Leland and Marks want rezoned is a portion of nearly 45 acres they own at Mission and Harvard. They hope to begin work on the 125-unit motel and restaurant next spring and eventually attract people to develop the rest of their land.

“(The location) is the center of what’s happening in the Spokane, Couer d’Alene and Post Falls corridor,” Konen said.

Other Valley projects on the agenda:

Home Depot USA, which wants to build a 130,068-square-foot store near the corner of Sprague Avenue and Fancher Road, is asking the committee to reclassify 33.02 acres for regional business development. Currently, the land is zoned for heavy industrial use.

Lyle Burnett is asking that 1.29 acres in Opportunity be reclassified from single-family residential to zoning that would accommodate his plan to build a 28-unit apartment complex.

Burnett’s plot is east of Pines Road between Maxwell and Sinto avenues.

Pamela Ayers wants the committee to reclassify a parcel of land at the southwest corner of Dishman-Mica Road and Hatherly Circle in Chester from urban residential to regional business. A beauty salon is already operating on the property.

, DataTimes MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: COMMITTEE MEETING The Spokane County hearing examiner committee, which makes decisions on land-use issues in unincorporated areas of the county, meets Thursday at 9 a.m. in the downstairs meeting room of the Spokane County Public Works Building, 1026 W. Broadway.

This sidebar appeared with the story: COMMITTEE MEETING The Spokane County hearing examiner committee, which makes decisions on land-use issues in unincorporated areas of the county, meets Thursday at 9 a.m. in the downstairs meeting room of the Spokane County Public Works Building, 1026 W. Broadway.

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