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The health food chain that sells organic food and produce will take the space formerly occupied by the Hastings Entertainment store, 2512 E. 29th Ave., near the intersection of 29th Avenue and Southeast Boulevard.
The Spokane Housing Authority is embarking on a $1.2 million renovation of a building it purchased last year on Nora Avenue, according to permits issued by the city.
Two projects in Spokane were part of a $9.9 million grant and loan program announced Thursday by the Washington state’s Department of Commerce.
Spokane will be one of the first cities to implement a new initiative aimed at helping the poor off federal assistance.
The rental affordability crisis is prevalent in cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. But, that crisis has arrived to Spokane County with nearly half of renters spending 30 to 50 percent of their income on rent, according to a recent report.
The Spokane Law Enforcement Museum needs a new home. The space it has occupied since 2010 on the lower level of the Parsons Hotel at 1201 W. First Ave. is being renovated, which is forcing the museum to move.
A return to normalcy in the way Congress doles out federal dollars could be a boon to housing in the region. The Senate Appropriations Committee signed off Thursday on a bill allocating $54 billion for those purposes nationwide. Sen. Patty Murray, chairwoman of the Senate subcommittee that crafted the bill, included provisions enabling some housing organizations, including the Spokane Housing Authority, to apply for a federal program that would help fund improvements at public housing projects.
Hillyard, Bemiss and Whitman neighborhoods are having their annual spring cleaning on April 28. The neighborhoods partner with Rebuilding Together Spokane, Serve Spokane and Spokane Housing Authority to help residents who need assistance with raking and hauling.
Changes to the Spokane Housing Authority’s housing voucher program could make for some tight living arrangements. Because of budget cuts, the agency is implementing new occupancy standards and will pay rent based on one bedroom for every two people in a home in an effort to continue to serve all clients receiving housing assistance. “If you have a family of four, you would have a two-bedroom unit,” Executive Director Steve Cervantes said. “In the past, they would have been eligible for a three-bedroom unit.”
The Spokane Housing Authority is spending $6.5 million on a complete renovation of the former Hillyard High School, now named the Agnes Kehoe Place. Construction began last fall, and the building is scheduled to open in spring of 2012. Everything is progressing according to plan, except one thing: a persistent rumor that the building, located on the 5300 block of North Regal Street, will be used for registered sex offender housing. Recently, a threat was made to burn down the finished building.
The Spokane Housing Authority, one of the Spokane area’s biggest landlords to the poor, is banning smoking in individual apartments and common spaces at all its residential properties. The no-smoking policy will become effective May 1, according to a letter tenants began receiving this week from the housing authority’s director of assets, Lucy Lepinski.
Arc of Spokane will consolidate its programs for the developmentally disabled next spring into the former Inland Power and Light Co. building at 320 E. Second Ave. Executive Director Greg Falk said Walker Construction began $1.7 million in upgrades to the building last month.
A disabled mother living on federal assistance could very well end up homeless after inheriting money from her father who died last year. The sum, $60,000, is not enough to sustain the 55-year-old north Spokane woman, but it is enough to cause her to lose the federal housing subsidy that allows her to live in a duplex apartment with her two teenage children.
More low-income housing has been earmarked for Spokane. Washington state will lend the Spokane Housing Authority more than $2.5 million to help turn the old Hillyard High School into apartments for homeless and low-income residents.
The Spokane Housing Authority’s long transformation of the former Helena Apartments is nearing completion. The building’s old name, associated with a dark moment in downtown Spokane history, has been scrubbed away.