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The sturdy, two-story building on the North Monroe corridor has been home to a plumber, an antique shop and a public radio station in its more than 110 years of existence.
It has been nearly a year and a half since North Monroe reopened after safety concerns drove a road diet on the street. Whether it has been a success varies based on whom you ask.
In the past 10 years, the city has more than tripled its miles of bikeways and connected parts of town previously impassable on two wheels. With a new batch of elected officials entering office in 2020, it remains to be seen if that momentum will carry over into the 2020s.
After Robin Beadle-Velazquez was laid off from Central Valley School District earlier this year amid budget cuts, she chose to embark on a new career path that involves vintage collectables instead of textbooks.
Road crews working on the rebuild of North Monroe unearthed something last week that was both very familiar yet strangely alien to modern eyes.
It doesn’t get more urban than opening a restaurant in the midst of a months-long road construction project.
A road construction firm that is building one of two sections of the new three-lane North Monroe Corridor is considering closing more blocks of the street in what they hope will speed completion of the project. But some business owners have concerns.
Businesses along North Monroe could use some extra customers during these next few months with the big road reconstruction project now underway.
The lane reduction project, which has sparked some controversy along the 1.1-mile stretch of road leading from Spokane’s downtown to the Garland District, is scheduled to begin work next week. It’s part of $67 million in road work planned for this year, said Mayor David Condon on Monday.
The Spokane City Council has put pen-to-paper on the first portion of work along North Monroe Street to reduce traffic lanes from four to two. The city expects work to begin in April and last the entire construction season. The project will be completed in two portions - built simultaneously - to reduce the amount of time roads will be closed.
In its third year, about 70 revelers filled the craft brewery on North Monroe for some songs, suds and good cheer.
Incumbent Candace Mumm is facing off against political newcomer Matthew Howes for the northwest Spokane seat. The district’s major political issue this fall has been a controversial lane reduction project that has split the candidates.
An SUV rolled through the intersection of Monroe Street and College Avenue at roughly 7:30 p.m. Sunday night to crash head-on into the plexi-glass exterior of the storefront opposite.
Spokane’s police and fire chiefs said they are united in their support of a street renovation project on North Monroe Street, and do not share Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich’s concern that its design would hinder a downtown evacuation in case of emergency. “One hundred percent correct,” said Police Chief Craig Meidl, when asked if Monroe would suffice as an emergency evacuation route after it is reduced to three lanes from five.
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich waded into a contentious discussion about street design earlier this month by officially coming out against the planned street renovation on North Monroe, saying its redesign will “decrease the public safety for the entire region.”
Jan Richart, who owns the Vintage Rabbit Antique Mall, lays blame for her business’s closure squarely with the city and the planned renovation of Monroe between Northwest Boulevard and the base of the North Hill.
Buoyed by last summer’s success at nearly destroying downtown shopping through the random digging of giant holes in the pavement, the Spokane City Clowncil is now looking to see if they can wreck the commerce on Monroe Street, too.
A recent door-to-door survey of businesses along the 1.1-mile stretch of North Monroe Street showed a majority of businesses oppose reducing lanes, but neighborhood and community support as well as city planning documents indicate the project should and will move forward, officials said.
It’s hard to think of a clearer collision between old and new Spokane than what’s happening on North Monroe Street.
Kingsley & Scout, a men’s boutique that opened in December on North Monroe, offers a variety of local clothing brands, men’s accessories and hand-painted signs.