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Here’s the Dirt: New lodge at Girl Scouts camp

Four Echoes undergoing a major facelift

Work continued at Camp Four Echoes near Worley, Idaho, on Monday. The camp is undergoing a $1.2 million upgrade.  (Kathy Plonka)

Construction of a $1.2 million lodge at Camp Four Echoes, south of Coeur d’Alene, has begun.

Pam Lund, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho, said crews are trying to make up for time lost to the unusually snowy November.

Girl Scouts hopes the 11,500-square-foot camp centerpiece will be ready by July, she said.

“It’s very exciting. It’s moving quickly,” Lund said after the first concrete was poured.

The old lodge was built by the Spokane Central Lions Club in 1940, she said, and the building was showing its age, as were some smaller buildings that were also demolished.

The project on Lake Coeur d’Alene’s Windy Bay is being funded with a $1.7 million gift from Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories founder Ed Schweitzer and his wife, Beatriz Schweitzer.

Their gift will also allow the local Girl Scouts to provide more math, science and technology-related training and activities, Lund said.

“The lodge will provide a dynamic resource that will promote engaging in experiences that will enrich the learning process for girls of all ages,” Beatriz Schweitzer said.

The contractor is Gunder Homes.

The regional Girl Scouts serves about 8,000 members and 2,600 adult volunteers annually.

Rockwood targets Liberty Lake

Rockwood Clinic will open a new office in Liberty Lake next summer in a 12,000-square-foot building set to rise over the next six months.

Baker Construction & Development of Spokane, the owner and developer, will build the single-story structure as the final piece of its nine-building Liberty Lake Commons development, a 10-acre office campus.

The $2 million building to be leased to Rockwood Clinic will be at 1326 N. Stanford Lane.

Rockwood, the community’s largest primary care provider, hasn’t yet decided which services will be available in the Liberty Lake office, spokeswoman Jill Fix said.

Liberty Lake Commons also includes a new Health and Wellness building, Century 21, F-5 Networks, Liberty Lake Dentistry and Liberty Lake Children’s Academy, among other tenants.

“We’re just excited to have Rockwood come out and be part of the group out there,” said Brandon Spackman, project manager and vice president of construction services.

Liberty Lake Commons began about five years ago, Spackman said.

Five Guys to open in Valley

Five Guys Burgers and Fries will open a Spokane Valley store in March, making it the chain’s second area location.

Franchise owner Wayne Sheffield, of Brunswick, Ga., said he’ll lease 2,700 square feet at 10 N. Sullivan Road, a space last used by Hollywood Video.

He said the plan will be to open a north Spokane franchise for Five Guys before too long. “We’d like to be near the Target Store area,” Sheffield said. He opened a South Hill burger shop earlier this year.

The deal for the space was brokered by Chad Carper of Kiemle & Hagood.

Property inspection office moves

ICMS, a Coeur d’Alene-based commercial property inspection service, has moved from 120 W. Neider Ave. to Suite 206 in the Global Credit Union Building, 320 E. Neider Ave.

The company, with 15 workers, is using 1,800 square feet, said president Don Walters.

Casey Brazil, of Kiemle & Hagood, was the broker. The firm moved from Southern California to North Idaho six years ago, Walters said.

Chiropractor opens Hayden office

Chiropractor Wendy Cunningham has opened her first office in Hayden at 8827 N. Government Way.

Cunningham is leasing 1,500 square feet.

Motion Sports reopens after fire

Motion Sports has leased 4,200 square feet at 174 E. Neider Ave., relocating after a November fire at its former spot caused major damage. Owner Mike McAlister is taking space vacated by the closure of Kootenai Lawn Co.

The business sells accessories for motorcycles and ATVs, plus provides repair services for vehicles.

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