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Condos, offices, fitness businesses planned for proposed downtown Spokane building

An illustration of the Pacific Building proposed for lots at Bernard Street and Second Avenue. (Courtesy Brian Butler)
An illustration of the Pacific Building proposed for lots at Bernard Street and Second Avenue. (Courtesy Brian Butler)

A five-story, mixed-use building is planned for a lot adjacent to the old state armory on Second Avenue in downtown Spokane.

The Pacific Building would stretch across the entire frontage of Bernard Street between Second and Pacific Avenue, and will have underground parking, retail space, offices and condominiums.

Gerry Kofmehl is the developer of the project, which was originally proposed in 2010. Brian Butler, who has already leased space in the planned building for his company, Precision Pilates, called himself a spokesman for the building.

“Construction is contingent on presale. We’re at 30 percent, and we’d like to get to 60,” Butler said. “But we’re ready to roll.”

Butler said the first two floors will be retail and likely house a 1,200-square-foot cafe to attract the people who attend the Pilates classes.

The top floor will be condos. The remaining floors will house offices for businesses in the health and wellness industry, such as physical therapists, occupational therapists and plastic surgeons, Butler said.

Kofmehl owns the three separate parcels comprising the site, two of which are surface parking. The third parcel has a one-story building built in 1909 and renovated in 1991. Butler said the building, the current location of his Pilates business, would be demolished.

Butler said he anticipated the remaining space to go quickly.

“We really have a goal of starting the project late spring or early summer,” he said.

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