Spokane Hearing Examiner Greg Smith has approved two new shopping centers - with conditions - along a block of Division Street between Francis and Dalke avenues.
In separate meetings with Smith, Bob Evanson of Northwest Bedding and Terence Tombari, with Tombari Enterprises, both asked for zone changes.
Some of the conditions for approval for both properties include landscaping requirements, approval from the City Council to vacate the alley between Division and Atlantic and city approval of driveway locations.
The recent widening of Division Street and the addition of turn lanes required the demolition of the hodgepodge of older and dilapidated buildings, including Arnold’s Motel and Northwest Bedding.
Tombari and Evanson are both planning strip shopping centers.
Evanson, the owner of Northwest Bedding, wants to build a 9,823-square-foot bedding store and 4,512-square foot retail center next to it.
Landscaping and 46 parking spaces are also proposed.
Next door to the bedding store, Tombari Enterprises is also asking for a rezone to allow a 19,600-square-foot retail building with an attached 5,160-square-foot strip of small shops.
Tombari said no tenants have been lined up for the building yet.
The Tombari project includes three loading spaces and 110 parking spaces. There are six driveways on the property - three on Division, three others on Dalke and Atlantic.
Landscaping and screening will be provided along Dalke and Atlantic, Tombari said.
North Hill neighborhood representatives meeting with Tombari before the hearing mentioned concerns about too-bright lighting, increased traffic through the neighborhood and the need for landscaping.
As part of the approval, Smith required all lighting on the Tombari project to be down-shielded to prevent offsite glare.
He also required 20 feet of landscaping along Atlantic Street and 10 feet along Dalke. Drainage swales will include compatible plantings approved by the public works department. Areas between the parking lot and the street, which are not sidewalks, will be planted with grass.
Evanson will also be required to include at least six feet of see-through buffer landscaping, including street trees.
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