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Grocery Store On City Agenda Council To Consider East Central Project

The Spokane City Council will consider a proposed East Central neighborhood grocery store when it meets tonight. Council members will hold a final public hearing on whether to change the neighborhood's land-use plan to allow the store. The city Plan Commission approved the proposal last month.

Developer Proposes 18-Hole Golf Course In Otis Orchards

A developer is advertising a golf course he intends to build in Otis Orchards even though he hasn't received permission for the project. For the past several weeks Mike Zink of Golf Technology Associates has distributed a brochure advertising the Tradition at Woodland Hills to residents who live near the proposal. Zink wants to build an 18-hole course and 37-home subdivision on nearly 200 acres near Trent Avenue and Campbell Road.

Potential Home Buyers Will Shape Neighborhood

The Gardens Ridge, a new 81-home addition to the MeadowWood subdivision in Liberty Lake, will be designed largely by potential home buyers. Remax of Spokane and the Baines Corporation will sponsor a focus group next week, where the real estate company and builder will ask people what type of home or neighborhood they want to move into. Then they'll take those suggestions to the bank by building the new addition to those specifications.

Developer Sues To Overturn Rejection Of Project Stone Says Impacts On Busy Intersection Would Be Mitigated

A evelopment company that wants to build a 62-unit apartment complex in the Valley is asking a judge to grant the project the approval Spokane County officials refused. Stone Development Co. filed suit against the county in Spokane County Superior Court last week. The firm wants to build the apartments on nearly 7-1/2 acres near Nora and Wilbur, just south of Interstate 90.

Move Fans Wal-Mart Rumors Retailer May Take North Side Site Being Vacated By Landscape Firm

A Spokane landscaping company will move from its 24-year North Side location this summer, possibly to make way for Wal-Mart. "What we've heard is, Wal-Mart is interested in the land," said Ron Hedstrom, co-owner of Nelson Landscape Inc. Nelson will move from its 20 acres at 10801 N. Newport Highway in June. The site, hidden by pine trees, is just past the intersection of Nevada and Newport Highway.

Work Beginning On Bigelow Project

The first phase of the recently approved Bigelow Junction project will open sometime in 1996, according to developer Steve Smart. That includes new offices for Environment West Landscape Services and a wholesale plant nursery. A convenience store, gas station and retail nursery should open there by mid-1997.

Wal-Mart Signals Plans For Store Retail Giant Files Site Plan With County For Valley Store

Wal-Mart sent a site plan to Spokane County building officials this week in the first solid sign that the retail giant is coming to town. The plan identifies the 33-acre potential site as 15727 E. Broadway, at the intersection with Sullivan in the Spokane Valley. The plan proposes a 134,740-square-foot store, including automotive and garden centers, said Tom Davis, a code compliance coordinator for the county. The proposed Valley store would be in the upper size range of Wal-Mart stores, which range from 50,000 to 150,000 square feet nationwide.

Seattle Park Backers Will Try Again Voters Rejected Proposal; New Version Will Be Scaled Back

The board of directors for the Committee for the Seattle Commons has voted to try to get the measure on the ballot again next year. City voters on Sept. 19 rejected the $312 million Commons plan - a proposed 60-acre park at the south end of Lake Union and a 500-acre redevelopment of the surrounding low-key neighborhood of light industry and low-income housing.

Added Traffic Expected From New Apartments

A massive new apartment complex along Lincoln Road will add perhaps 800 cars to the afternoon rush on various roads north of Francis Avenue, according to a transportation planner. Determining the impact of those vehicles on specific intersections is the purpose of an analysis requested by the city of Spokane and undertaken by developer Rich Naccarato, owner of Cedar Builders. Naccarato is proposing 130 duplexes and 882 apartments on 80 acres north of Francis between Crestline and Nevada.

Hastings Subdivision On Agenda

The Spokane County Hearing Examiner Committee next Thursday will consider a plan to subdivide 41 acres off Hastings Road into 96 single-family lots. The 96 homes would be built directly behind the planned Fred Meyer store on Hastings Road, just off Highway 395. Ron Howes is the developer, and he is seeking to build under the existing zoning.

Zoning Changes Sought For Planned Apartments

Land use Two developers are seeking permission from Spokane County to build 134 apartment units in the Valley. Richard Adams of Spokane wants to build 72 units on just more than six acres between Evergreen and Mamer roads, just north of Boone Avenue. John Stone, also of Spokane, proposes building 62 units on 7.4 acres near Nora and Wilbur roads, south of Interstate 90.

Hearing Topic Will Be New Fred Meyer

A proposal by Fred Meyer Inc. to build a large store at Division and Hastings will be the highlight of a county zoning hearing today. Several projects proposed by developer Harley Douglass will also be considered when the county hearing examiner committee convenes at 9 a.m. in the assembly room of the Public Works Building, 1026 W. Broadway. Fred Meyer wants to build a 156,000 square-foot retail store with a parking lot and 13 duplexes on 26 acres at the southeast corner of Division and Hastings. The land is now zoned for single-family homes and duplexes.

City Reapproves Land-Use Change

Two years of heated battle should end when Walgreens breaks ground soon on its new drive-through pharmacy. Spokane City Council members on Monday gave their approval - again - to a land-use change they OK'd more than a year ago. Walgreens plans to begin construction almost immediately, said F.J. Dullanty, the pharmacy's attorney.

Construction Starts On Apartment Complex

Magnuson Properties has broken ground this week for a 150-unit apartment complex called ParkPlace. The new apartments will spread over 11.5 acres at Ramsey Road just south of Kathleen Avenue, said Jim Magnuson, one of the partners of Magnuson Properties. ParkPlace's 150 units will be located in 30 buildings across the acreage. The complex will have a clubhouse with a swimming pool, gym and computer rooms, he said. "It will have a real campus feel to it," he said. ParkPlace will feature 20 one-bedroom units, 20 two-bedroom units with one bathroom, 78 two-bedroom and two-bathroom units and 32 three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments. Magnuson has not yet determined the rental rates for the complex. "They'll be market rates for these apartments, which are going to be first class." The apartments should be ready for occupancy by late May.

Motel And Restaurant Complex Proposed For Freeway Interchange At Liberty Lake

Two Spokane Valley landowners are hoping to capitalize on their property's proximity to one of the last undeveloped freeway interchanges in the Valley. Roy Leland and Nathan Marks will ask the Spokane County hearing examiner committee to rezone 15.6 acres of their Liberty Lake property for regional business. The property, north of Interstate 90 on Harvard Road, is currently zoned for light industrial use.