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Tuesday, October 20, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Spokane Valley senior community completes extensive expansion

Evergreen Fountains, a senior living community in Spokane Valley, recently completed a more than $12 million expansion project to add a three-story living facility, cottages, a skywalk and an outdoor recreation park. Evergreen Fountains – co-owned by real estate developers Prokey and Greg Arger and Greg’s son, Gene – opened in 2008 with more than 106 independent, light-assisted and assisted-living apartments.

Large storage development planned near Spokane airport

A $5.5 million storage unit development is being built on Geiger Boulevard, according to permits filed with the county, just northwest of a 2.5-million-square-foot building that is believed will be an Amazon fulfillment center.

Arger seeks zone change for Spokane Valley lot

A short hearing drew a small crowd Thursday as Arger Real Estate moved forward with a request to rezone a piece of vacant land east of Evergreen Road located immediately northwest of where Alki Avenue ends. The hearing before Spokane Valley Hearing Examiner Mike Dempsey was held to consider changing the zoning from single family to single family-urban.

City OKs zone change but makes changes first

A request to rezone property on Conklin Road south of Broadway Avenue received final approval from the Spokane Valley City Council on Tuesday after some last-minute tweaking. The developer agreed to increase the setback from 5 feet to 10 feet around the perimeter of the project, said senior planner Mike Basinger. There was an apparent misunderstanding last week over the development agreement that includes a 40-foot perimeter in which building heights are restricted to 35 feet. Neighbors said they thought no buildings could be built in that zone and were dismayed to learn that the developer, Greg Arger, could put a two-story townhouse 5 feet from the property line.

Spokane Valley council approves development deal

The Spokane Valley City Council voted Tuesday in a split decision to approve a development agreement for property near Conklin Road and Broadway Avenue. Property owner Greg Arger applied to rezone 10 acres to high-density residential in order to build an apartment complex. Neighbors complained they don’t want apartment buildings towering over their backyards and that the development would create too much traffic on already overburdened streets. The development agreement is intended to mitigate the impact of a zone change on the surrounding neighborhood.

Valley Council wants agreement before rezoning

The Spokane Valley City Council listened to the repeated pleas of residents and voted Tuesday to require a development agreement before rezoning 10 acres to high density residential on Conklin Road just south of Broadway Avenue. The land, owned by Greg Arger, is surrounded by single-family homes. Neighbors have complained about the potential for increased crime, increased traffic and having tall apartment buildings overlooking their backyards. The city’s planning commission recommended approval of the zone change, if a development agreement was negotiated to increase setbacks from neighbors and reduce building height and density, but at previous meetings the council seemed reluctant to require an agreement, in part because it would delay the apartment complex project Arger wants to build.

Zone change moves forward

The Spokane Valley City Council appeared poised to require a development agreement for land being considered for rezoning at 601 N. Conklin Road during Tuesday’s meeting before members abruptly changed course. The proposal will come to the council later this month for a first reading without requiring a development agreement.

Zoning change a hot topic

Tuesday’s meeting of the Spokane Valley City Council got a bit wild, with motions made and withdrawn, a discussion about whether a vote could be redone and lengthy public testimony. In the end the council decided to postpone a final vote on a controversial zone change request. At issue was one of several changes proposed as part of the annual comprehensive plan review. The council unanimously approved all the changes except one for a 10.6-acre parcel south of Broadway Avenue and east of Moore Road. The land is zoned medium density residential, and property owner Arger Conklin LLC wants a change to high density residential. The planning commission supported the zone change, with a development agreement that increases requirements for setbacks and landscape buffers to shield the proposed apartment complex from the surrounding single-family homes.

Neighbors testify against zone change

The Spokane Valley City Council appears poised to disregard pleas from neighbors and the recommendation of the city’s planning commission and allow a zone change that would permit a high density apartment complex on vacant land surrounded by single family homes. During its meeting Tuesday the council considered several proposed comprehensive plan amendments. Most appear routine and generated little discussion. The lone controversial proposal involves parcels just east of Moore Street and behind a row of homes on the south side of Broadway Avenue. The land is currently zoned medium density residential, which allows 12 units per acre; the owners want to make it high density residential, which allows 22 units per acre. The land is owned by Gregory Arger, a commercial developer in Spokane Valley.