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UPDATED: Thu., May 21, 2020

Officials: Development on West Plains, slowed by pandemic’s effects, beginning to regain momentum

Coronavirus-related concerns halted several development projects on the West Plains, but activity is beginning to pick up again to accommodate an expected influx of 5,000 new jobs in the area, …


Converted or preserved: Vinegar Flats fate undecided

Aside from a house and a handful of farming structures, the 48 acres near the meeting of U.S. Highway 195 and Cheney-Spokane Road sits vacant, as it has for years. …


Shawn Vestal: As housing market tightens, French calls for city to revisit planning priorities

As Spokane faces a housing crisis, County Commission Chairman Al French argues that part of the problem is a disconnect among the dense-development values of the comp plan, a resistance …


WSDOT to city: Pause development, deal with safety issues on Highway 195, or we’ll restrict local access

Mike Gribner, administrator of WSDOT’s Eastern Region, presented Spokane City Council President Breean Beggs with a letter on Feb. 13 asking the council to “adopt a development moratorium for the …


The Dirt: Tacoma-based Wooden City coming to Spokane with new restaurant in Genesee Building

Tacoma-based Wooden City is expanding to Spokane with a restaurant slated to open in April in the historic Genesee Building.


Yoga studio Lotus Spokane plans move to Fifth Avenue

George Thomsen of Vanguard Contracting is preparing an unoccupied building on East Fifth Avenue for a yoga studio tenant.


Getting There: As traffic backs up and becomes unsafe on Highway 195, transit planners search for an off-ramp

Plans for how to handle increased development southwest of Spokane were discussed in the early 1990s, but funding was never found for those projects. That’s led to motorists finding themselves …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 7, 2020

City limits proposed 98-home Eagle Ridge-area development until Highway 195 is improved

The Spokane hearing examiner approved a new development near Eagle Ridge on Friday, with a condition: Until the Washington Department of Transportation makes improvements to U.S. 195, Whipple Consulting Engineers …


The Dirt: Former Hugo’s on the Hill building to be demolished

Nearly six months after its abrupt closure, former South Hill bowling alley Hugo’s on the Hill will be demolished to make way for a new retail space.


Former Hugo’s on the Hill building to be demolished

Nearly six months after its abrupt closure, former South Hill bowling alley Hugo’s on the Hill will be demolished to make way for a new retail space.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020

Wolf Lodge Bay plan moves forward after county discovers error means no rezone needed

The Kootenai Board of County Commissioners was expected to vote Thursday evening on a developer’s application to rezone a portion of Wolf Lodge Bay until county officials learned of a …


Hearing examiner approves 60 single family homes in Waikiki Estates plan

The Spokane County hearing examiner has given final approval for the Waikiki Estates project to build 60 single-family homes on a roughly triangular 16.5-acre piece of land on the southwest …


Decade in Review: Years of development change look, livability of downtown

When 2010 began, the nation was still clawing its way out of major economic decline, and downtown Spokane was a different place. Now, as the decade closes, downtown is in …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

Vote on divisive Wolf Lodge Bay project delayed after packed meeting

A decision on a divisive commercial project on Lake Coeur d’Alene’s Wolf Lodge Bay will have to wait until January, after some 170 people attended a Wednesday night meeting on …


Landowner sues Avista, claims utility work will prevent South Hill condo project

The 100-unit Tuscan Ridge development has long been in the planning stages, but the owner of the 23 acres where the housing cluster would be built now says power pole …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

New Spokane Valley detox center denied permit, applicant appealing

A proposed new detox center that agreed to install a security system, host an annual barbecue and decorate for the holidays to appease its Spokane Valley neighbors, had their application …


New duplexes coming to West Plains

A new development with 34 duplex buildings and a single family residence could be coming West Terrace neighborhood south of the Spokane Airport, a move which has already angered some …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 22, 2019

‘It’s you I like’: Spokane educators reflect on Fred Rogers’ legacy as moviegoers can rediscover a hero

The newly released Tom Hanks biopic, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” underscores the important, calming and confident role Fred Rogers, aka Mister Rogers, played in the lives of children.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

Spokane could have a new tallest building after developer submits plans for 22-story tower

Larry Stone’s 22-story residential tower could make it the tallest building in Spokane, reaching higher than the 20-story, 288-foot tall Bank of America Financial Center.


State increases size of designated area in Spokane for manufacturer tax breaks, incentives

The designated area in Spokane where manufacturers can qualify for tax breaks and incentives was significantly expanded Monday, after approval by the state Department of Commerce.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 13, 2019

$12 million apartment complex planned for Spokane Valley

Broadway Orchards LLC has filed plans with the city of Spokane Valley to build a more than $12 million apartment complex.


Riverstone development in Coeur d’Alene marks 20 years of challenges and successes

When John Stone set foot on the site of a former sawmill near the Spokane River, he saw an opportunity to transform the land into a lifestyle center, a “town …


Developer Rob Brewster returned to Spokane to rebuild his reputation, but now those efforts appear largely stalled

With bills unpaid, utilities shut off and the passage of at least six months since any permits have been issued, Rob Brewster said he hasn’t over-promised or under-delivered on a …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 23, 2019

New Spokane Gun Club project moves forward

The Spokane Gun Club has filed preliminary permits with Spokane County to build a new location on the West Plains.


Shawn Vestal: Where should we look for housing solutions? Not here, not here, not here

Everyone agrees we need affordable housing and services for the poor. Everyone has, they assure everyone else, a heart for the suffering among us. And everyone concludes, over and over …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 13, 2019

Redevelopment underway for former Sears store at Coeur d’Alene mall

A former Sears store at the Silver Lake Mall in Coeur d’Alene is undergoing renovation to potentially house two new tenants, Planet Fitness and a Flying Squirrel Trampoline Park.


Cambria hotel under development on West Plains

Rockville, Maryland-based Choice Hotels International Inc. is expanding its Cambria Hotels brand to Washington state, with the first property under development on the West Plains.


Ponderosa Village development in Spokane Valley taking shape with two new tenants and plans for more

Construction was completed in May on two buildings, which now house The Mix Salon and Day Spa and Hello Sugar. Both businesses celebrated grand openings in earlier this month.


UPDATED: Mon., July 29, 2019

South Hill development plans include retail, apartments, Southeast Sports Complex upgrades

A plot of land known as the KXLY site is slated is slated to be turned into apartments, retail shopping, parking lots and soccer field improvements with a few years.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 30, 2019

The Dirt: Couple continues rehab of Aberdeen Hotel

The top floor of the 121-year-old Hotel Aberdeen building in downtown Spokane is being renovated into three apartments, according to permits issued by the city.