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The Dirt: Gonzaga building performing arts center

Site work has started for Gonzaga University’s $34.6 million Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center on the west side of campus.

In August, the university announced plans for the two-story, 58,500-square-foot center, funded through a major bequest from Woldson, a local philanthropist who died in 2014 at the age of 104.

Spaces within the center will include two basement levels and upper technical catwalk levels. The structure also will have a 750-seat theater, a 150-seat recital hall, lobby with a box office, classrooms, offices, dressing and makeup rooms, and a “green room.”

Lydig Construction of Spokane Valley has started site work at 211 E. Desmet Ave., near the Jundt Art Museum.

The estimated date of completion is Dec. 31, 2018.

Medical office building planned

A $12 million medical office building project is planned near Spokane’s hospital district.

Pre-development documents with the city of Spokane describe construction of a six-floor medical office structure at 307 W. Fourth Avenue, along with building a parking garage facility with 3.5 floors and a basement. The site is vacant land at the corner of Bernard Street.

Construction is expected to start by winter.

GN Thrift store expanding

Global Neighborhood is expanding its GN Thrift store in Spokane, an operation that employs and trains refugees.

The nonprofit, which operates the store at 902 W. Indiana Ave., purchased a separate 17,000-square-foot warehouse near Third and Sherman to process donated items, which frees up former processing space to expand its retail shop. GN Thrift’s larger store space is expected to open by early June.

Global Neighborhood employs about 15 people. Its store will have an expanded furniture section and also sells clothing, housewares, electronics and other secondhand items.

Mini-storage to go in near Pines

A large mini-storage facility will be built near the Pines exit on the south side of Interstate 90.

Wilbur Road Self Storage is planned on about 4 acres near the northeast corner of Wilbur Road and Nora Avenue, fronting the south side of I-90, between Splashdown and Pines Road.

The business plans to begin construction this fall to build about 100 storage units, then continue under a phased construction schedule across a few years to build a total of about 550 units.

Wilbur Road Self Storage owners Jay and Donna Rambo recently purchased two separate parcels totaling 3.6 acres to launch the operation. Part of Wilbur Road’s access will be vacated in the project site area, under Spokane Valley City Council approval, Jay Rambo said.

Brokers who assisted with the property transactions included Mike King, formerly of NAI Black, and Marshall Clark, of Clark Pacific Real Estate Company.

Tailor opens South Hill store

A new tailoring service, InThredz-The Modern Tailor, has opened a store on the South Hill.

Offering tailoring and alteration services, the business is leasing a retail space at 3022 E. 57th Ave., at the corner of 57th and Regal, next to Albertsons. The store offers online fitting scheduling and text alerts when clothes are ready.

InThredz is a locally owned company that opened its first store in Coeur d’Alene, at 226 Ironwood Dr. Additional outlets are planned in Airway Heights, north Spokane and Spokane Valley.

Monroe Street Grill in works

A former Shari’s restaurant site in north Spokane is being renovated to open as Monroe Street Grill.

The new eatery, at 1829 N. Monroe St., is scheduled to open sometime during June. The owners behind Top of the Line Seafood & Burgers in Cheney plan to move operations into the remodeled Spokane site.

Let us know about new businesses, construction projects, expansions or relocations. Send items to The Dirt at, or call (509) 459-5439.

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