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The Dirt: Chipotle Mexican Grill coming to Spokane Valley

Chipotle Mexican Grill is continuing its expansion in the region with a new restaurant in Spokane Valley.

Chipotle applied for a permit with the city last week to renovate an existing building at 209 N. Sullivan Road into a 2,700-square-foot restaurant.

Omaha, Nebraska-based FHA Architects is designing the project. The firm has a long history of working with Chipotle, designing more than 350 of its restaurants since 2000, according to its website.

Project renovations are valued at $540,000, according the application filed with the city.

Veradale-based Ramka Properties LLC is the property owner.

When built, Chipotle’s Spokane Valley restaurant will be the restaurant’s third location in the Spokane region. Chipotle opened a restaurant at 930 N. Division St. in 2012, and work is underway for a location in the former Sweeto Burrito space at 9602 N. Newport Highway in NorthPointe Plaza.

The Newport, California-based restaurant chain told The Spokesman-Review in June its north Spokane location is slated to open in early 2021.

A Chipotle spokesperson declined to comment on a potential opening date for the Spokane Valley location.

Chipotle, founded in 1993, has more than 2,600 restaurants worldwide.

Mobius consolidating science center, museum

Mobius has consolidated its science center and children’s museum into a centralized location, the organization announced Thursday.

The children’s museum in River Park Square is moving to the science center’s location in the Washington Water Power building at 331 N. Post St. The children’s museum and science center will become the Mobius Discovery Center, according to a news release.

Mobius will be transforming the space in the Washington Water Power building to include the most popular exhibits from both the children’s museum and the science center, the news release said.

“As one nonprofit, the children’s museum and science center have always shared the same mission. Now, we’re excited to share the same home. COVID-19 has required us to get creative,” Mobius CEO Karen Hudson said in a statement. “We’re transforming in order to survive and continue to serve our region. It was a difficult decision to leave behind a great home, but combining locations allows us to be more efficient and focus on our mission.”

Mobius, which is temporarily closed until a later phase of the state’s ‘Safe Start’ coronavirus reopening plan, has created virtual programs and STEAM – science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics – workshops for students. It will soon offer a Curriculum Camp, an in-person program for students who are also learning virtually.

Upon reopening, Mobius educators will continue STEAM programming in The Labs at Mobius, sponsored by Washington Trust Bank, the Kalispel Tribe and Northern Quest Resort & Casino.

Selkirk Pharma files for permits

Selkirk Pharma recently applied for a building permit to construct its manufacturing facility on the West Plains.

The company, a contract manufacturing startup in the pharmaceutical industry, is building a 147,200-square-foot facility spanning three floors at 9110 W. Granite Ave. in the Pacific Northwest Technology Park, according the application filed with the city of Spokane.

Selkirk Pharma, founded in 2018 by a team of physicians and pharmaceutical leaders, manufactures and packages injectable drug products. The company has an office at 821 W. First Ave. in downtown Spokane.

The company announced plans last year to relocate to the West Plains.

More than 320 workers are expected to be employed at the West Plains facility, according to an environmental review filed with the Washington State Department of Ecology.

Spokane-based Bernardo|Wills Architects is designing the project. Spokane-based Bouten Construction is the project contractor.

The project valuation is $38 million, according to the application filed with the city.

Crafted Beauty looks to expand

Crafted Beauty is planning a remodel and expansion at its location in downtown Spokane, according to a permit application filed with the city.

The medical spa is adding five new salon rooms in its 2,600-square-foot space in the Cutter Tower at 510 W. Riverside Ave., Suite 100, according to site plans.

Spokane-based Uptic Studios is the project architect. Spokane-based Gemstar Management LLC is the project contractor.

The project valuation is $50,000, according to the application.

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