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Community center expansion expected to house more services

Northeast Community Center officials will break ground Monday on a $3.7 million project that will nearly double the size of its building at 4001 N. Cook in Spokane.

Director Jean Farmer said the expansion will be the center’s third in the 27 years since it was founded to serve the Hillyard area.

The 31,000 square feet of new space will accommodate a medical provider and other tenants offering complementary services on its first floor, with the hope that a dental care provider will be among those who move in, Farmer said. The lower level will be dedicated to additional services for adolescents.

Farmer said the upper floor will be vacant, with the expectation the center will provide more services to victims of domestic violence or other abuse. She is discussing service options with several providers, she said.

Walker Construction is the contractor. Farmer said the construction estimate does not include design costs or remodeling of the center’s existing 37,000 square feet.

The groundbreaking begins at 2:30 p.m., with refreshments inside to follow.

Spokane bike store has new owners

Consultant Geoff Forshag and Dr. Bruce Abbotts are the new owners of Two-Wheel Transit, one of the hubs of bicycling in Spokane.

Forshag, a former chief executive officer of Bank of Fairfield, said he had been a Two-Wheel customer for 27 years when he mentioned to former owner Stephen Loveland that he was looking to buy a business. Abbotts, also an avid cyclist Forshag had known for 10 years, agreed to participate in a deal to purchase all the assets of the store at 1405 W. First, he said.

Forshag said he will be the general manager. Abbotts, a pediatrician at Valley Young Peoples Clinic, will measure customers for bikes in a new studio equipped for that purpose, said Forshag, noting Abbotts is learning bike-fitting at a Trek training center in Orlando, Fla.

Two-Wheel will specialize in Trek and Gary Fisher bikes, which offer more than 100 models between them, he said. The shop will also continue to sell Bontrager clothing.

Forshag said the new owners retained all Two-Wheel staff.

Forshag and his family also own Genesis Hydroseeding LLC.

Arc of Spokane plans move in 2010

The Arc of Spokane plans to move next summer into a building it recently bought for $1.4 million from Inland Power & Light.

The 22,000-square-foot space is at 320 E. Second Ave. The organization, which serves people with developmental disabilities and their families, plans to spend about $1 million to remodel the building and will launch a fundraising drive to pay for the work. It hopes to move in next July.

The Arc now occupies two buildings a mile apart – at 127 W. Boone Ave., which includes its headquarters, and 116 W. Indiana Ave., which includes The Arc Community Center.

The Arc has secured sale agreements on both of its buildings, Executive Director Greg Falk said.

The new location will be more convenient for the people The Arc serves, Falk said, because it’s close to bus and paratransit van routes.

Credit union buys Valley building

Horizon Credit Union has purchased the Mansfield Crossing building at 13224 E. Mansfield Ave., in Spokane Valley.

The 46,000-square-foot building houses the credit union’s administration departments, Horizon Financial Services & Investments and Horizon Northwest Home Mortgage. It soon will become home to another Horizon Credit Union branch called Mirabeau Crossing.

The branch, to open Dec. 7, replaces one along Trent Avenue where the lease is expiring. The Mirabeau branch will have a larger drive-through, a full-service ATM and more parking.

Horizon bought the Mansfield Crossing building from Cowles Co., which also owns The Spokesman-Review.

Fred Meyer gas station opens

The Fred Meyer store at Thor and Fourth Street in Spokane has opened an eight-bay fuel station across the street.

The self-service station, which cost about $1 million, has eight bays that operate 24/7 and a kiosk with an attendant from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Its address is 3427 E. Fifth.

Staff writers Tom Sowa and Scott Maben contributed to this report. Here’s the Dirt is a weekly report on new developments and business openings, closings or movement in the Inland Northwest. E-mail or call (509) 459-5528.