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Large storage development planned near Spokane airport

A $5.5 million storage unit development is being built on Geiger Boulevard, according to permits filed with the county, just northwest of a 2.5-million-square-foot building that is believed will be an Amazon fulfillment center.

When complete, the project will have 450 storage units and 97,000 square feet of space. There will be six separate buildings and a separate residence for the storage unit complex’s manager, according to John Wood, who is developing the project.

Wood said he chose the site at 8502 W. Geiger Blvd. because of its central location to Spokane, Airway Heights, Cheney and Medical Lake.

“We just thought we could tap into all of it. Easy access in and out,” he said. “It’s not something you visit every day.”

Wood said a 10-by-20-foot unit would go for $120 a month. Among the larger units, the 12-by-30-foot units will be $200 a month.

Wood is responsible for A Better Storage Solution in Post Falls, which he sold earlier this year. He said the Geiger project would look similar, “just bigger and better.”

Wood said the units would be available beginning in September. Construction is anticipated to be complete in October but may stretch into the spring, depending on the weather.

Wood, who is the project’s designer and general contractor, said he hadn’t settled on a name but was considering capitalizing on what may be his soon-to-be neighbor. Permits show the name as All Seasons Mini-Storage, but Wood said he may call it Amazing Mini-Storage.

Seattle-based Amazon has yet to confirm the nearby project is a fulfillment center. But a name change for the project in June – from the Super Duper Project Rose to the Project Rose Fulfillment Center – may have provided a hint.

Also, environmental site assessments for Spokane’s Project Rose were prepared for the Trammel Crow Co. Dallas-based Trammell Crow is developing an Amazon fulfillment center in north Portland. The company has built other Amazon fulfillment centers in Troutdale, Oregon; Redlands, California; the Los Angeles area; and Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Office building revamp to benefit addiction-recovery organization

A $700,000 renovation of a building just off Sunset Boulevard in west Spokane will remake nearly 34,000 square feet of office space, according to permits filed with the city.

The project at 1700 S. Assembly Road will improve the second and third floor of an existing office building for Passages Family Support, a mental health organization that supports people in addiction recovery.

The building also houses Kraton Management Co, a real estate agency, and Financial Partners Inc.

The building, built in 1997, is owned by Arger Sunset, which is part of Arger Real Estate based in Spokane Valley. The building is assessed at nearly $8.5 million and sits on 4 acres of land, according to county property data.

The general contractor on the project is RJS Construction, of Yakima. It was designed by Uptic Studios, which is based in Spokane.

Coeur d’Alene dealership

erecting $450,000 building

Dave Smith Motors in Coeur d’Alene is building a $450,000 structure at its dealership just off Interstate 90, according to permits issued by the city.

The Alfa Romeo and Maserati dealer, 2021 N. Fourth St., is in the elbow of Third and Fourth streets and shares the block with a Sherwin-Williams Paint Store.

In 2015, the Dave Smith Auto Group was purchased by fast-growing RFJ Auto Partners Inc., of Plano, Texas, with plans to spread the successful Kellogg-based company’s brand throughout the Northwest.

The same year it was sold, the dealer began the expansion with the purchase of nearly an acre of property in Spokane Valley. In 2016, the auto group acquired its Alfa Romeo dealership line from Lithia of Spokane, which had purchased the Barton Alfa Romeo Fiat dealership at 1002 S. Lincoln Ave. Lithia kept the Fiat dealership, but sold the Alfa Romeo line.