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The Dirt: Krueger Sheet Metal plans manufacturing, warehouse facility in Spokane Valley

By Nicholas Deshais and Amy Edelen The Spokesman-Review

Krueger Sheet Metal is planning to build a manufacturing facility and warehouse in Spokane Valley.

The Spokane-based business has filed preliminary plans with the city of Spokane Valley to build a 60,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and a 67,500-square-foot warehouse on 37 acres of land in Spokane Valley’s northeast industrial area.

The site, currently owned by Centennial Properties, is on Barker Road south of Trent Avenue. Centennial Properties is a subsidiary of Cowles Co., which publishes The Spokesman-Review.

Krueger Sheet Metal is the latest company with plans to build a manufacturing facility in Spokane Valley’s northeast industrial area.

California-based technology company Katerra purchased 52 acres in that area for $5.3 million from Centennial Properties to build a 250,000-square-foot, cross-laminated timber facility that includes a warehouse, research and development institute, and storage space.

Spokane County assessor’s records show Progress Rail, a subsidiary of Deerfield, Illinois-based Caterpillar Inc., purchased land adjacent to Katerra from Centennial Properties for $3.2 million. The company is planning to build a 150,000-square-foot manufacturing facility with 115,000 square feet of storage and a new short line rail spur off Union Pacific Railroad’s main line, according to city documents.

In addition, The Spokesman-Review’s print publishing operations will move to the industrial park late this year or in early 2020 into a building owned by Centennial Real Estate Investments on the 19200 block of East Euclid Avenue.

Krueger Sheet Metal indicated on a project site plan the potential to build two additional warehouses on the property.

Spokane Valley-based Architectural Ventures is designing the project.

Krueger Sheet Metal, a family-owned business, has offices in Seattle and east Spokane. The company installs sheet metal, roofing and metal siding for commercial, residential and artistic projects. – A.E.

Charter school Pride Prep plans $750,000 expansion

Pride Prep, Spokane’s first charter school, will embark on a $750,000 expansion, according to city permit data.

The school, which serves grades six through 12 through its Pride Prep Middle School and Innovation High School, will expand into and renovate existing vacant space in the building it occupies at 811 E. Sprague Ave., its location since its 2015 opening.

The work will bring an additional 5,700 square feet in classroom space and 8,300 square feet in office and support space.

The work is being done by Finley Construction, of Spokane. Pondera Architecture, also of Spokane, did the design. – N.D.

Rockwood Clinic to upgrade neuroscience institute

Rockwood Clinic is spending $250,000 to update its MultiCare Neuroscience Institute in north Spokane, according to permits issued by the city.

The work at 605 E. Holland Ave. will affect 3,200 square feet on the building’s second floor.

In 2016, Tacoma-based MultiCare purchased Rockwood Health System for $425 million from Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, one of the nation’s larger for-profit hospital operators.

Work will be done by Associated Construction, of Spokane. The architect is Bernardo|Wills Architects, also of Spokane. – N.D.

Fitness company to open a second gym in Valley

Anytime Fitness is planning to open a second gym in Spokane Valley.

Vita Grata LLC has filed plans with the city to renovate a more than 5,700-square-foot building into an Anytime Fitness gym at 13004 E. Sprague Ave., near Yoke’s Fresh Market.

The architect for the project is Minnesota-based C.M. Architecture. A project contractor has yet to be determined, according to an application filed with the city.

Minnesota-based Anytime Fitness has more than 4,500 gyms in 40 countries that serve more than 4 million members. The fitness chain has five gyms in the Spokane area and two in Coeur d’Alene. – A.E.

Contact Nicholas Deshais at (509) 459-5440 of

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