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Northeast center shares plans for expansion

The Northeast Community Center in Spokane is planning a $4 million expansion to provide more health care, day care and other services to residents in the northeast area of the city.

Work could begin as early as next year on the 14,000-square-foot addition, said Jean Farmer, director of the center. She said about $1 million has been raised for the project, including a $500,000 federal grant.

Spokane City Council members were told of the project during the council’s annual town hall meeting at the center Monday night.

Kevin Walstrom, president-elect of the Northeast Community Center Association, said the additional space will allow the center to expand its health care services to nearly 3,000 families in northeast Spokane that do not have health insurance.

The expansion will allow a restoration of dental services at the clinic and the possible addition of treatment for behavioral problems, he said. The clinic is operated by the Community Health Association of Spokane.

In addition, child-care programs offered by the Northeast Youth Center can be expanded so more working parents can use them, Walstrom said. He said the center is hoping for financial support from businesses in Spokane.

The proposed expansion will require relocating the center’s community garden, which will be used for a parking area to serve the center at 4001 N. Cook St. The addition will be located at the south entry.

Council members also heard reports from neighborhood organizations in the northeast area of the city.

Deborah Shockley of the Nevada-Lidgerwood Neighborhood Council said her neighborhood is planning to use its community development money to help develop Fairview Park at the southern boundary of the neighborhood.

She called for a reduced speed limit on Nevada Street at Nevada Park. She also said her neighborhood is planning a street fair and parade.

Vicki Signer of the Logan Neighborhood Council said new park benches were installed at Heath Park. A fence and basketball court are planned for Mission Park. Neighborhood residents are also working on a new land-use plan for Hamilton Street through the Logan area. In addition, a neighborhood task force has been formed to monitor compliance with building codes on new apartment and duplex projects.

LuAnn Suryan of COPS Northeast said volunteers continue to support police by taking crime reports, following up on graffiti incidents and notifying residents when sex offenders move into the neighborhood. She said changes in Crime Check’s 24-hour crime hot line this year will result in fewer crimes being reported. As a result, crime statistics for 2005 may show a decline in crime, but it will probably be the result of fewer people making reports, she said.

Neighborhood resource police officer Dan Waters complimented the COPS volunteers. “We work a lot better and get more done with them,” he said.

Mike Fagan of the Hillyard Community Development Steering Committee announced a new hall of fame for residents who have worked on community projects over the years and recognized inaugural inductees Mike and Marge Brewer, Joyce Jones and Paul and Celina Pearce for their contributions to Hillyard.

John Bogensberger of the Hillyard Neighborhood Council called for a reduced speed limit throughout the Market Street business area in Hillyard as part of a wider plan to make the area more pedestrian friendly. Residents there are planning a heritage museum. “We are about Hillyard pride,” he said.

Kathy Scacco and Kathy Gunderson of the Chief Garry Park Neighborhood Council said their organization would support creation of a mixed-use commercial area on Napa Street between Mission and Mallon avenues. They also said they are pleased with development of a new city park at Desmet Avenue and Stone Street adjacent to a planned city operations complex.

Representatives of the newly formed Minnehaha Neighborhood Council made their first appearance before the City Council.

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