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The Dirt: Riverview Retirement to add $5.5M memory care facility

Riverview Retirement Community, a Christian nonprofit that provides health care, housing and services for elderly people, has been issued permits for foundation work and site development for a planned $5.5 million memory care facility, according to city permit data.

The $600,000 in work at the 58-year-old retirement facility, 1801 E. Upriver Drive, is the first step toward a 20,000-square-foot, one-story facility that will serve about 20 people with memory care needs such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. Each occupant will have their own room, and additional rooms will be available for spouses and partners, according to a predevelopment application filed with the city.

The facility will have a village-type design, and rooms will be centered around a large living area to make residents feel more comfortable.

The memory care building will be just north of the facility’s central Riverview Terrace facility, which has more than 200 residential units. Maintenance and storage garages were demolished to make way for the new building.

The retirement facility, which provides assisted and independent living on its 32-acre campus, opened in 1959 with Riverview Terrace and has expanded over the years to include Riverview Care Center and Riverview Village, which has 165 homes for independent living.

In 2013, the facility built a fitness and aquatics center and woodworking shop.

The new memory care facility is expected to open in September. The official groundbreaking for the facility was last month, and the same shovel used for the facility’s first groundbreaking in 1958 was used.

The project’s general contractor is Bouten Construction Co., of Spokane. The facility was designed by Spokane-based NAC Architecture, which also designed the village cottages and the fitness and aquatics center. The structural engineering was done by Coffman Engineers, also of Spokane.

New dental office being built in Cheney

Permits have been issued for foundation work on a 12,200-square-foot dental office in Cheney, according to Spokane County permit data.

The planned $1.3 million office building at 10430 W. Aero Road is being built by Jorudco Enterprises LLC, which is based in Spokane Valley and is owned by Dr. Thomas Black, who also owns KidSmile Dental, 721 N. Pines Road, in Spokane Valley.

The building site is a 2-acre lot that Jorudco purchased in 2015 for $240,000, according to county parcel data. The location is accessible from Interstate 90 at the Medical Lake exit less than 10 miles west of Spokane.

The project’s general contractor is Spokane-based McCloskey Construction.

Patio upgrade set for downtown restaurant

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro in downtown Spokane will upgrade its patio with $300,000 in work, according to permits issued by the city.

The work will include added bar seating in the patio, a new storefront, a redesign of the patio and exterior and interior cosmetic work.

The owner of the restaurant is listed in the permits as Matt Clark, of Santa Ana, California.

The work will be done by Spokane’s Baker Construction. It was designed by James Lencioni, of Chicago-area Aria Group Architects, which has worked with the restaurant chain on 130 locations for nearly 20 years. Millies Engineering Group, of Munster, Indiana, did the structural engineering.