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New Spokane Valley apartments designed to retain rural elements

The Wolff Company has broken ground and is building 11 apartment buildings with 256 apartments designed to leave a modest footprint on 23 acres of former farmland bordered on the west by Highway 27 just south of 32nd Avenue.  (J. BART RAYNIAK)
The Wolff Company has broken ground and is building 11 apartment buildings with 256 apartments designed to leave a modest footprint on 23 acres of former farmland bordered on the west by Highway 27 just south of 32nd Avenue. (J. BART RAYNIAK)

The Wolff Company wants its Pine Springs Farm project, about 10 minutes south of Interstate 90 along Highway 27, to feel more rural than your average suburban housing development.

It’s building 11 apartment buildings on a Spokane Valley parcel designed to leave a modest footprint on 23 acres of former farmland, bordered on the west by Highway 27 and by a tree-covered slope on the east.

The project will produce 256 apartments and is estimated to cost close to $25 million.

Wolff, a company that began in Spokane but moved its office to Scottsdale, Ariz., several years ago, wants to attract families not set to buy their own home but who want a non-urban atmosphere, said development director Joe Organick.

The undeveloped 33 acres on the east slope upward into an area Organick said will include bark-covered nature trails and a few shade-covered picnic tables. The goal, he said, is to leave the open, natural feeling as distinct as possible.

Small cherry and apple orchards are planned between apartment buildings.

This is not the only rural-focused apartment development trying to offer a bit of both worlds to renters. Up north, a different company is developing the Ridge at Midway, with 180 apartment units in seven buildings, nestled into the rolling fields just east of Highway 395 by North Hatch and Wandermere roads.

Organick considers the Pine Springs Farm project one of a kind. “It’s unlike anything else I’ve seen or been involved with,” he said.

The units will have one, two or three bedrooms. The average size will be 990 square feet.

A central clubhouse will offer a TV room with a 100-inch screen. A nearby fitness building is part of the amenities, as well as an outdoor pool.

Rents will range from $735 for 1-bedroom units to $1,035 for three bedrooms, with renters taking six-, nine- or 12-month leases.

The development will plant about 800 trees along the borders and across the parcel. Tree prices this year are considerably lower than three years ago, as the housing decline left most area nurseries with surplus stock that they’re glad to sell at discount to developers, Organick said.

“We also plan on putting in a number of community gardens” in the development, he added.

The first apartment units will be ready in early January, with the full project completed in August 2011.

Inland Group, of Spokane, is the general contractor. Architect is Matt Driscoll of Seattle.

Major project under way at EWU

Work will wrap up by summer’s end on the first piece of a major expansion and renovation of the largest general classroom building on the campus of Eastern Washington University in Cheney.

The four-year, $65 million Patterson Hall project will increase the total floor area serving instruction by 70 percent.

Patterson Hall, originally built in two phases beginning in 1968, houses 40 classrooms and 135 faculty offices serving eight academic departments. The building is being gutted and rebuilt inside, and will have 43 classrooms and 165 offices when completed by fall 2014.

The project comprises four bid packages, with the first three awarded to Leone & Keeble Inc. general contractors of Spokane. By Sept. 17, workers are expected to finish abating asbestos-containing materials, demolishing interior construction and rerouting utilities that serve the adjacent Isle Hall.

On Sept. 20, Leone & Keeble will begin adding 34,383 square feet and renovating about 27,450 square feet of space. That work should be done by June 15, 2012.

A second phase of work – primarily the construction of classrooms – will be bid in April 2012 and completed by June 2014.

The project was designed by NAC Architecture of Spokane.

Deer Park parish building new church

A new Catholic church in Deer Park will quadruple space for the growing St. Mary Presentation parish. The $2.5 million construction project began May 10, and walls are going up, said the Rev. Al Grasher, who’s in his eighth year as pastor.

Its design based on the cross, the new church is going up next to the parish’s Holy Redeemer Cemetery. The parish hopes to sell the present church facilities, built in 1968, to help fund the new building, Grasher said.

The new church will seat 250 in pews arranged in a fan shape. The parish has about 250 families, Grasher said.

“We are expanding, we are getting bigger,” he said. “Our most desperate need is a large fellowship hall and classrooms.”

The new building also will feature a kitchen, music room and offices.

Construction is expected to be finished at the end of January, and Grasher hopes it’s ready to occupy next spring or summer.

Architects West of Coeur d’Alene and TW Clark Construction of Spokane are working on the project.

The church can be reached at P.O. Box 749, Deer Park, 99006. Its website is www.stmarys

Cottages coming to South Hill

Construction has begun on what will eventually be a 24-home development near Cook Street and 35th Avenue in south Spokane.

Owner and developer Konstanin Vasilenko said he expects to have six two-story cottages ready to occupy by winter. Nine more two-story units and nine single-story units will follow, he said.

The first units will be 1,000 square feet each, Vasilenko said.

Neighbors had opposed apartments on the 2.3-acre site, which backs up on Southeast Boulevard, so he switched to the 24-home layout, Vasilenko said.

Staff writers Bert Caldwell 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.
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