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Work underway at Lewis and Clark High school

About $14.8 million in permits have been issued for the $18 million expansion at Lewis and Clark High School, shown on Friday, June 21, 2019, in Spokane. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
About $14.8 million in permits have been issued for the $18 million expansion at Lewis and Clark High School, shown on Friday, June 21, 2019, in Spokane. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
By Amy Edelen and Nicholas Deshais The Spokesman-Review

Work has begun to build a cafeteria, common area and classrooms at Spokane’s Lewis and Clark High School.

About $14.8 million in permits have been issued for the $18 million project.

When complete, a two-story, 35,000-square-foot building will occupy what had been until recently a large lawn.

A skywalk will connect the new building to the historic high school above its Howard Street easement.

The work is paid for by the $495 million construction bond approved by voters in November. The bond also will pay for renovations to the existing three-story building, removing the current kitchen and cafeteria and converting three classrooms into “science rooms” on the third floor.

NAC Architecture, of Spokane, designed the project. No contractor is listed on the permits. – N.D.

Bakery planned next to First Avenue Coffee in downtown

A new bakery is coming to downtown Spokane, according to permits issued by the city.

First, about $250,000 in preparatory work will be done to the old Music City Building, 1011 W. First Ave, which was built in 1912. The bakery will occupy the western half of the ground floor, joining First Avenue Coffee, which opened last summer.

Workers will build a production bakery and commissary prep area, according to permits.

The building is owned by local developer Jerry Dicker, who purchased it in 2015 for $1.5 million in a sale that included a parking lot on Madison Street and the former International Order of Odd Fellows Lodge, which is also on First Avenue. He also owns the Montvale Hotel and has a minority stake in the old New Madison Hotel on the same block.

First Avenue Coffee is owned by Dicker and Deb Di Bernardo, who also owns Spokane’s Roast House Coffee.

The bakery development falls in line with recent plans by Dicker to improve the West First block. The former Odd Fellows Building has been remade into the Montvale Event Center, and Dicker floated plans in 2017 to build a six-story parking garage on Madison.

With his wife, Patty, Dicker owns many buildings close to the forthcoming bakery: Bing Crosby Theater, Hotel Ruby and the building occupied by Incrediburger & Eggs.

Mauer Construction, of Spokane, is the contractor for the bakery project. The architect is Uptic Studios, also of Spokane. – N.D.

Company to build new concrete manufacturing facility in Newman Lake

Wm. Winkler Co. is building a concrete manufacturing facility south of its main office in Newman Lake.

The 26,000-square-foot facility will be at 6204 N. Starr Road, according to building permits filed with Spokane County.

The project is valued at more than $2.2 million, according to permits.

Wm. Winkler Co. is a family-owned construction company founded in 1919 with more than 150 employees. The company performs preconstruction and engineering services, technical consulting, paving and construction of curbs and sidewalks. – A.E.

Contact Nicholas Deshais at (509) 459-5440 of

Amy Edelen may be reached at (509) 459-5581 or at

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