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U-City Mall nearly gone

The Spokane Valley landmark has been leveled, and the last bits of it is being hauled away on trucks.

Wild variation on demolition derby lights up Stateline crowd

Full contact boat racing!? Count me in. Been a long time since I've been to a demolition derby. How about you? 'A wise (fictional) race car driver once said, if you ain’t first, you’re last. That was not the case Wednesday night at the Stateline Speedway in Post Falls.'

Residents have mixed feelings for Browne’s tear down plan

The owner of two historic residential buildings in Browne’s Addition wants to tear out the structures to make room for a three-story apartment house with modern design. Last week, the owner tried to reassure members of the Browne’s Addition Neighborhood Council that the project will fit into the surroundings.

City withdraws proposal to weaken historic preservation ordinance

A proposal to weaken a law that restricts demolition of historic buildings in Spokane has been withdrawn on the recommendation of the city Plan Commission. The city prohibits tearing down historic buildings across much of the city without plans to build a replacement. That means property owners can’t raze old buildings and leave the land bare or convert it to parking in downtown and in National Historic Register districts across the city.

Two houses to undertake archaeological study before demolition

The owners of two old houses that were long ago converted to apartments are going to undertake an archaeological study of the properties in Browne’s Addition before the city of Spokane will let them tear down the houses to make room for a new apartment building. Kettrick Properties has submitted an application to demolish the adjoining houses.

Historic demolition rule stalls downtown auto dealer’s expansion

A city ordinance intended to protect Spokane’s historic buildings stands in the way of a car dealership’s plans to expand downtown. Larry H. Miller Lexus Spokane is threatening to leave downtown if the company can’t demolish two old one-story brick garage buildings to create new car lots.

Lot of frustration

For about four years, a pit surrounded by temporary chain-link fencing has greeted those entering downtown Spokane on one of the busiest exits from Interstate 90. Some city leaders say the site on the northwest corner of Third Avenue and Division Street has become an eyesore that hurts business owners and restaurateurs working to attract customers downtown.

Demolition of old YMCA set to begin this month

The former downtown YMCA will begin to fall this month after more than five years of debate on the building’s fate. The Spokane Park Board this week approved a $574,700 contract with Rob’s Demolition of Spokane to start dismantling the old Y.

Smokestack fall an Internet hit

A Coeur d’Alene demolition company that once was featured in a TLC series is again in the spotlight, as videos of a dramatic demolition debacle circle the Internet and news outlets around the nation. Advanced Explosives Demolition Inc., owned by Eric and Lisa Kelly, was featured in a six-part TLC documentary called “The Imploders,” in 2009. The show followed the Kellys as they traveled America to demolish buildings with their children in tow.

More buildings in freeway’s path set for removal

While construction work continues on the North Spokane Corridor north of Francis Avenue, more vacant homes will be torn down this fall in central Spokane to make room for freeway work that won’t be done until leaders figure out how to pay the $1.6 billion needed to complete it. This summer, the state Department of Transportation awarded contracts to tear down about 50 structures – mostly houses – in the way of the proposed expansion of Interstate 90 and ramps designed to connect I-90 to the north-south freeway.

Demo derby rookie is ready to rumble

Tia Flynn will be celebrating her 45th birthday by bashing and banging her gift into oblivion in a public spectacle that’s long been a Coeur d’Alene crowd-favorite. As a first-time contender in the North Idaho Fair and Rodeo’s demolition derby, the mother of three hopes to make her presence known – and felt – behind the wheel of her birthday gift: a stripped-to-the-bones ’84 Chrysler Fifth Avenue affectionately dubbed “Colonel Mustard.”

Chips off old block

Demolition began this week in the historic Opportunity block on the southwest corner of Sprague Avenue and Pines Road. Several old, run-down buildings on the corner are coming down to make way for a new Rite Aid store. The tear-down is expected to be complete by mid-August and construction on the new store will start immediately if all the permits have been granted, said property owner Tom Hamilton. The new store should be done by the end of the year.