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The Dirt: Project to relocate historic Rose Apartments progresses

By Amy Edelen and Megan Rowe The Spokesman-Review

The East Central Community Organization’s plans to relocate the historic Rose Apartments are moving forward.

The organization filed an environmental review with the Washington state Department of Ecology to move the Rose Apartments from 1726 E. Third Ave. to 1816 E. Fourth Ave.

The Washington State Department of Transportation acquired the Rose Apartments last year to make way for the North Spokane Corridor project. ECCO aims to buy the building back via auction and subsequently move the structure to a new location.

The Federal Highway Administration, WSDOT and the Washington state Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation entered an agreement in 2004 that made a dozen properties in East Central available for sale at auction to organizations that could re-establish the historic buildings within the neighborhood.

ECCO is likely to be the sole bidder for the apartments, because it owns one of the only available sites in the neighborhood that can accommodate the historic structure.

“At some point, we will repurchase the building and use proceeds from the initial sale to move it,” said Chris Venne, ECCO board president.

The two-story, 4,000-square-foot apartment building has been providing housing in the East Central neighborhood since the early 1900s. It was built in 1910 by stonemason Michael Hunz, who named the structure after his daughter, Rose Marie. At the time, it was one of a few multifamily apartment complexes in the city.

The city of Spokane acquired the building – which was abandoned and in disrepair – in 2010 and placed it on the Spokane Register of Historic Places. ECCO purchased the property from the city in 2012, gutted the interior and transformed it into eight, one-bedroom apartments for low-income residents.

The building relocation is slated for completion in September, according to the environmental review.

“It’s our intention to put it back into service as affordable housing,” said Venne, adding several affordable homes have either been demolished or moved to make way for the North Spokane Corridor project. “Our goal is to make sure these eight apartments … don’t go away with the hundreds of others.”

MultiCare building MRI room addition for new machine

The city of Spokane is reviewing a permit for MultiCare Deaconess Hospital to build an MRI room addition.

The estimated $1.2 million addition will house a new MRI machine designed to increase patient comfort, said Wade Hunt, Multicare Deaconess Hospital chief operating officer.

Hunt said patients with claustrophobia have issues with MRIs, but the GE Signa machine – which will cost at least as much as the addition itself – will allow patients to enter feet first, have a larger diameter and provide quicker scan times. Hunt said the machine will also help move the hospital’s speciality programs – neuro, cardiac, ortho and muscolskeletal imaging – forward.

“If you ever had an MRI, MRI scan take a while,” Hunt said. “Our scan times will be reduced, and overall we’re really excited about it providing a great patient experience.”

The project’s general contractor is Spokane-based Bouten Construction, which also served as the contractor for Multicare’s Indigo “high-end” urgent care center in north Spokane. Nashville, Tennessee-based HFRDesign Inc. is listed as the architect. The Spokane office of Coffman Engineers – which has worked with Kootenai Health on various addition projects – is the engineer. – M.R.

The GE Signa will replace the hospital’s 1.5 Tesla MRI.

Washington Trust prepares more office space downtown

Washington Trust Bank is renovating three floors of the Wells Fargo building in downtown Spokane to provided more office space for the the Spokane-based banker.

Washington Trust has filed an application with the city to demolish existing elevator lobbies and build out more than 25,000 square feet of Class A professional office space across three floors of the building at Wellls Fargo building at 601 W. First Ave.

Renovations are valued at $1.5 million.

The project architect is Spokane-based Wolfe Architectural Group. The project engineer is Spokane-based L&S Engineering Associates.

Washington Trust Bank purchased the Wells Fargo 18-story building last year for $24 million. The structure is Spokane’s second-tallest building.

Anvil Welding plans expansion for more classroom, office space

Anvil Welding is adding more classroom and office space to its campus, according to a preliminary application filed with the city.

Spokane-based Fusion Architecture filed the application on behalf of Anvil Welding to build a 1,921-square-foot addition that will house office and classroom space at 4227 E. Trent Ave. The welding school intends to remodel its existing 2,400-square-foot building and add new asphalt paving to its parking lot.

The application puts the projects value at $300,000.

Anvil Welding provides training and education for students to become certified welders.

Waldo Benn founded Welding Apparatus Repair Inc. in a two-car garage in the 1960s and the business evolved from cylinder regulator repair to a welding school. – A.E.

Contact Amy Edelen at (509) 459-5581 or at

Megan Rowe may be reached at (509) 459-5382 or at

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