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The Dirt: CycleBar expanding to Spokane with spin studio on the South Hill

Irvine, California-based CycleBar, a boutique indoor spin class studio, is entering the Spokane market with a location on the South Hill.

A preliminary application filed with the city indicates plans to build a 2,200-square-foot building with a cycle theater, lobby and a locker room on the southeast corner of 29th Avenue and Fiske Street.

The project architect is Spokane Valley-based Watson & Herres. The project is valued at $750,000, according to an application filed with the city.

CycleBar, which offers a cycling experience similar to SoulCycle and Flywheel, was founded in 2004 by siblings Bill Pryor and Alex Kimmer.

CycleBar has more than 200 franchised indoor cycling studios nationwide, including a location in Coeur d’Alene.

$18M apartment project planned for U-District

A Portland-based real estate developer is entering the Spokane market with a proposed $18 million apartment complex in the University District.

Project^ filed plans with the city to build the Boxcar Apartments at 15 N. Grant St., southwest of the University District Gateway Bridge.

The project calls for a seven-story, 77,000-square-foot apartment building with 136 units, a lounge, fitness room, a covered parking structure and a cafe on the ground level.

Construction is slated to begin in the spring.

Portland-based TVA Architects is the project architect.

Project^ has developed more than 20 retail, office, residential and academic buildings in Oregon and California.

Fluffy’s Candy looks to April opening

A new candy store is opening in north Spokane that will offer homemade caramels, marshmallows, chocolates, gummy bears and various other treats.

Taylor Gano filed an application with the city to renovate a 2,700-square-foot space at 9502 N. Newport Highway for Fluffy’s Candy.

It will be Gano and his wife’s first venture into operating a retail store.

The store’s concept will be similar to See’s Candies, with various premium candy sold in bulk and a line of hard-to-find “nostalgic candy,” Gano said.

Gano’s wife will sell her homemade chocolates, caramel and marshmallows in flavors such as huckleberry, vanilla, cookies and cream .

“We want it to be a fun experience,” Gano said. “We want a store that grandma and grandpa can take their grandkids to, and we want it to be an experience for the whole family.”

A special feature in the store will be a couple of 5-foot-tall fiberglass gummy bears, which will make for the perfect Instagram photo opportunity, Gano said.

Fluffy’s Candy is expected to be open April 1.

Plans move forward

for The Hive

Plans are progressing for a proposed project by Spokane Public Library and Spokane Public Schools that will bring a teacher-training facility, maker lab and gallery to the East Central neighborhood.

The Hive at Libby Center will be built on a vacant site at 2904 E. Sprague Ave., according to an environmental review recently approved by the state.

The Hive at Libby Center will have four studio “makerspaces,” three training rooms, and a Spokane Public Schools’ Virtual Learning and teacher-training area with a podcasting studio, conference space and offices, according to city documents.

The project architect is Spokane-based Integrus Architecture and San Francisco-based Group 4 Architecture.

Construction is slated for completion in March 2021.

The Hive at Libby Center is part of a project swap between the Spokane Public Library and Spokane Public Schools. The library district will build The Hive at Libby Center and, in exchange, the school district will build a new library at Shaw Middle School in Hillyard.

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