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Now the site of the Kendall Yards mixed use development, the area northwest of downtown Spokane and the river was once home to the Union Pacific rail yard. The railroad moved out of the area in 1955, but development of new housing, retail and commercial businesses did not proceed in earnest until after the economic downturn of 2008.
A mixed-use development with apartments, shops, office space and parking is next big project planned for Kendall Yards.
Residents at the edges of the Kendall Yards development say the cool downtown Spokane project has boosted their neighborhoods and transformed an eyesore into a bustling civic gathering spot. Still, there are some growing pains.
The president of Greenstone Corp. has disavowed any connection between his company and a negative television campaign against Spokane City Council candidates Jon Snyder and Candace Mumm. At the same time, business interests funding the ad campaign upped the ante on Monday, adding another $25,500 to the independent television ad buy for a total of $48,700.
The developer of the Kendall Yards property near downtown Spokane has plans for three new commercial buildings, including two restaurants and a retail-residential project called the Highline Lofts. The two new restaurants are planned for parcels across the street from Central Food, which opened in 2012 as Kendall Yards’ first commercial building.
Road construction has moved into northwest Spokane in a major way with work on the state Highway 291 route along Francis Avenue west of Division Street and then northward on Nine Mile Road. Traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction between Wall and Cedar streets through about the middle of June so Avista Utilities can install a new natural gas line.
A large, graffiti-covered abutment that marked the northern edge of what was once Spokane’s tallest bridge will soon be torn down. Kendall Yards officials say the concrete structure on the west side of the growing residential and commercial development in West Central Spokane attracts climbers and will be removed soon because it is a hazard.
Greenstone Corp. is preparing to build its fourth commercial building in the Kendall Yards project in downtown Spokane.
Water that runs off parking lots and down street gutters carries drops of oil, bits of metal, de-icer chemicals and tire residue, among other pollutants. Some of that dirty water runs into the Spokane River.
Work on an 84-unit, 2.2-acre Kendall Yards apartment building will start in 30 days, the head of developer Greenstone Corp. said Tuesday. The project, called The Highline Apartments, will move the mixed-use Kendall Yards area near downtown closer to an urban “town center” character, Greenstone CEO Jim Frank said.
Spa Paradiso, the downtown Spokane beauty care business in the Davenport Hotel, will move into new space in the Kendall Yards development, owners Jan and Larry Schoonover said. The spa opened its doors in the 1990s in the basement of the former Bank of American building downtown. It moved to the lower level of the Davenport in 2002.
The company developing Kendall Yards has started construction of the first commercial building and is finishing plans for a second as it tackles the next phase of Spokane’s largest mixed-use project. Greenstone Construction crews this week will set the foundation and erect walls of the 5,900-square-foot Cedar Street Park Commercial Building, at the intersection of Ide Avenue and Cedar Street in the center of the Kendall Yards project.
Tax subsidies will flow to Kendall Yards even if the developer of the 78-acre project does not seek public bids on construction of streets, sewers and other public infrastructure, as originally agreed. The Spokane City Council on Monday voted 6-1 to amend the tax-increment financing agreement it has with Kendall Yards.The city approved its original tax deal for Kendall Yards in 2007. The developer would be reimbursed for building public infrastructure, such as roads, with tax revenues generated by the property if several conditions were met, including that infrastructure projects be publicly bid.
Developers of the highly anticipated Kendall Yards project violated an agreement with the city that allows the project to receive tax subsidies to build streets, sewers and other infrastructure. Greenstone Corp., which began building homes in Kendall Yards last year, constructed about $1.3 million in infrastructure projects without seeking public bids. The bid requirement was part of the 2007 deal with the City Council allowing Kendall Yards to recoup an estimated $12 million or more in property taxes collected on the land over 25 years to pay for public infrastructure.
The Spokane County courthouse’s lack of parking is legendary, but help may be on the way. Except for jurors, anyone with business in the courthouse and surrounding public buildings is at risk of a parking ticket, a long walk or both.
A foot-and-ankle specialist and dentist will occupy a two-story office building just under construction at 3707 S. Grand Blvd. The $2 million building will encompass 8,700 square feet on the main floor and 1,200 square feet upstairs, with another 8,700 square feet in the basement, said project manager Jeremy Keeble of Leone & Keeble Inc.
Owners of nearly 300 residences in the Kendall Yards development won’t have to pay property taxes on the new structures for a dozen years under a proposal the Spokane City Council will consider Monday. Greenstone Corp., which acquired 79 acres of former railroad property last year from developer Marshall Chesrown, is planning to build 2,100 residential units on the site within the next two decades.
Greenstone Corp. last week closed a deal five years in the doing. And not a moment too soon for Spokane government and business officials weary of economic headwinds.