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For the longest time, “Division Street exit” was code for “Spokane’s ugly front door.” Now it’s an example of what Spokane can do.
One of the first things that visitors to Spokane see when they exit Interstate 90 at Division Street is an empty lot behind temporary murals. A Lutheran church that stood at the site at the northwest corner of Third Avenue and Division for decades was demolished in 2008 to make room for a proposed new motel.
The Buchanan Building in downtown Spokane will become the new home of Limelyte Technology Group, thanks to an innovative partnership between Limelyte’s CEO and a Spokane City Council member. Councilman Steve Salvatori, who owns two other commercial buildings downtown, recently bought the Buchanan for $200,000. The building at 28 W. Third Ave. was used as a funeral home for much of the 20th century.
The Best Western PepperTree Airport Inn has become a laboratory for the Washington Lodging Association and Washington Department of Ecology, which are looking for ways to improve the industry’s environmental practices. Auditors from Cascadia Consulting Group walked through the 100-room inn at the Interstate 90 Geiger Exit Tuesday, testing water tap and shower flows, checking lighting, and getting briefed on heat-pump heating and cooling units that will increase guest comfort.
The co-owner of a stalled hotel project in downtown Spokane said Wednesday she hopes work can resume by June at the site on the corner of Third Avenue and Division Street.