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Avista to unveil plans for Catalyst project in Spokane’s U-District

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 5, 2018

An artist’s rendering of a planned Avista development called the Catalyst project at the south landing of the University District pedestrian bridge, which is under construction. (Avista Development)
An artist’s rendering of a planned Avista development called the Catalyst project at the south landing of the University District pedestrian bridge, which is under construction. (Avista Development)
From staff reports

Avista Development will unveil plans Tuesday for its Catalyst project in Spokane’s University District, including a construction timeline, design details and prospective tenants.

The company, a subsidiary of Avista Corp., has said little about the project since early plans emerged last March.

Those plans called for a six-story, 140,000-square-foot building filled with labs, offices, classrooms and study areas, suggesting a partnership with a higher education institution.

The building will be the first of two phases of the development and will occupy a 5.5-acre lot at the south landing of the $10.6 million U-District pedestrian bridge, which is under construction.

Leaders from Avista, Greater Spokane Incorporated and other groups have touted the Catalyst project as a major economic driver and addition to the area’s tech and science hub.

A news conference is planned for 10 a.m.

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