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Townhomes coming to Indian Trail development

By Becky Kramer and Nicholas Deshais The Spokesman-Review

A development in Spokane’s Indian Trail neighborhood is set to grow by 14 townhomes, according to permits issued by the city.

The Jake Townhomes will each be two stories and include three bedrooms, attached garage and covered deck. The 1,400-square-foot homes are being developed by Spokane Valley-based Diamond Rock Construction, which is owned by Dennis Crapo.

The townhomes are valued at nearly $190,000 by the city. It’s unclear if the units will be for sale or rent.

Part of the McCarroll East project that straddles Strong Road on the east side of Indian Trail Road, the townhomes are the latest in what will eventually be 363 units – a mix of duplexes, cottages, townhomes and single-family houses.

The 14 townhomes follow the recent initial construction of 20 duplex structures valued at more than $400,000 each.

Crapo’s development faced neighborhood opposition in 2016, when it was first making its way through City Hall for approval with another, unrelated project. Residents in the far-flung neighborhood had traffic concerns, but those worries were allayed following the plans to widen Indian Trail Road and the abandonment of the other development.

Diamond Rock Construction also is the project’s contractor. – N.D.

Coeur d’Alene Tribe plans $15.8M youth, family rec complex

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe has approved plans for a $15.8 million youth and family recreation center near Worley, Idaho.

NAC Architecture is designing the center, with a groundbreaking scheduled for next year. The facility will be built on tribal land and owned by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and its health care organization, Marimn Health.

Current designs include a family water park with waterslide, splash pad, lazy river and lap lanes. Fitness equipment and space for child care, adult recreation and youth programs, including a Boys & Girls Club, will be part of the indoor facilities.

Last year, Marimn Health partnered with Boys & Girls Club of Kootenai County to bring programs to the Coeur d’Alene Reservation on Friday and Saturday nights. More than 164 children participated in the programs.

Outdoor amenities include an outdoor playground, pavilion and picnic area, basketball courts and sports fields. The area will be designed to double as a powwow ground.

Helo Hancock, chief executive of Marimn Health, called the facility a “major step” toward the organization’s goal of improving the health of the community.

“This investment in prevention for the youth of our reservation will positively impact the future of our entire community for generations to come,” Hancock said in a statement. – B.K.

Market research firm purchases Duquesne

The historic Duquesne Apartments building has been sold for $325,000.

The 114-year-old brick building on the east end of downtown Spokane at 29 W. Pacific Ave. was purchased by Joanne Vega and Nate Darnell, who also own Strategic Research Associates, a market research company.

Vega said the company, which was founded in 1996, will move to the building and be its sole occupant. A prime reason for the move is the building’s central location and abundance of available parking, she said.

Though the structure has been unoccupied for three years, Vega said there’s just a little remodeling needed in the interior.

Strategic Research Associates has 10 employees who do focus groups and telephone surveys. Vega said much of their time is devoted to helping local companies make “good business decisions.”

Notably, the company worked with the local YMCA, helping with research on location and features when it expands or moves.

Vega said she expects the company to relocate to its new location by Jan. 1. – N.D.

Reporter Nicholas Deshais may be reached at (509) 459-5440 or

Contact reporter Becky Kramer at (509) 459-5466 or

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