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Shawn Vestal: Body of evidence discredits prophets of downtown doom

Boy, the city’s new sit-lie ordinance must really be working. Because, after months and months of hearing only about our dire, deadly situation in the downtown area – after City …


Shawn Vestal: Commissioner’s records request adds fuel to flare-up over planning

Public records laws are important tools for citizens to use in the battle against government secrecy and power. Anyone who has ever used them is familiar with occasional stonewalling and …


Shawn Vestal: Mayor’s veto certainly averts one uncertainty

Whew. Uncertainty averted. Maybe. Probably.


Groups lobby to veto anti-sprawl vote

A lobbying push is underway to persuade Spokane Mayor David Condon to veto a contentious anti-sprawl ordinance approved this week by a divided City Council. The Spokane Homebuilders Association, which …


Shawn Vestal: Spokane County commissioners get taste of own medicine

The papal Spokane County Commission – which issues edicts and sends messages – is on the receiving end of a message, for once. The Spokane City Council took a big, …


Developer Greg Jeffreys’ wife pleads guilty to fraud

Kimberly Jeffreys, wife of jailed Spokane developer Greg Jeffreys, pleaded guilty Friday to fraud and faces a six-month federal prison sentence as well as paying restitution up to $150,000. Jeffreys’ …


County offers to split new tax revenue with cities

Spokane County commissioners have made an offer they hope the city of Spokane can’t refuse: to split new revenue from development of the West Plains. The county and Spokane International …


South Hill Target proposal moves forward

Concerned residents who fought to add pedestrian-friendly features in a proposed Target retail project on the South Hill gained a little ground Wednesday during a City Hall hearing. Residents persuaded …


Vestal: Hip block of West Main crying out for edgy moniker

You know something’s really alive when you get the urge to name it. That’s where things stand in the little block on the east end of West Main Avenue – …


County land deal triggers differing appraisals

Did the county just lose its shirt in a land sale? Or did it merely purchase something it needed? Maybe it’s neither, because maybe it’s both. Maybe the recent land …


Riverstone development in Coeur d’Alene hitting stride

It takes a brisk pace to keep up with John Stone as he ducks in and out of new stores at Riverstone, his live/work/shop/play community built on former industrial land …


Medical Lake crafts shore plan

It’s not unusual to see dozens of people using the trails and parks around Medical Lake – running, walking dogs or putting boats in the water. But this well-loved lake …


Investor trying to rebuild his life

In 2006 and 2007, things were going very well for Brian Main. Main was involved in several real estate deals that seemed ripe to produce fast, fat profits – deals …


Restoration of Ridpath’s glory days adds to mix of ideas for faded hotel

For a long time, it seemed, no one wanted to touch the Ridpath. Now the historic hotel has more suitors than it can handle.


Neighbors oppose Covey Glen North plan

Residents near Sprague Avenue and Hodges Road filled the Spokane Valley City Council chambers Thursday morning to complain about a housing development proposed on the southwest corner of the intersection. …


As CdA skyline gets taller, officials try to balance property rights

The city by the lake is growing up. Two newer condo towers have joined the Coeur d’Alene Resort as the tallest buildings downtown, and the city recently approved construction of …


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Boy Scout camp land swap not happening

COEUR d’ALENE — The Inland Northwest Council of the Boy Scouts of America says it has ended discussions with a developer over the proposed swap of the historic Camp Easton …


I-90 interchange awaited near state line

A new interchange scheduled to open this year on Interstate 90 near the Idaho-Washington border could revive commercial development around Cabela’s starting next year. The outdoor recreation megastore has been …


Judge to reconsider ruling in Boy Scout camp case

COEUR D’ALENE — A judge says he will reconsider his earlier ruling allowing a land deal involving a historic Boy Scout campsite along Lake Coeur d’Alene to go ahead.


Ben Burr Road at issue again

On Sept. 13, Spokane County commissioners will reprise a 2007 public hearing on closing a section of Ben Burr Road to accommodate development. The proposal by Dave Black Properties faced …


EV development plan complies with zoning, examiner rules

City of Spokane Valley Hearing Examiner Mike Dempsey has approved the preliminary plat of a development in the East Valley area that neighbors testified was too dense for the still …


Residents oppose project density

The owners of 9.5 acres of property west of Evergreen Road and north of Wellesley Avenue – just inside the Spokane Valley city limits – have applied to subdivide their …


Riverstone awaits final pieces

The final public improvements could be complete within the next few months at Riverstone, a 160-acre residential and commercial project along the Spokane River in Coeur d’Alene. “We will have …


Law gives developers a break

An unusual provision of Washington law has repeatedly allowed major real estate developments to go forward even after they’ve been declared urban sprawl that violates the state’s Growth Management Act. …


Break meant to help construction industry

Developers may lock up subdivision rights longer under a temporary change in state law that took effect June 10. The amendment extends the “vesting” periods in which developers may press …


Conservation panel to consider 36 parcels

Land parcels nominated for Spokane County Conservation Futures acquisitions will be presented in a public meeting tonight at 6 at the IMAX Theater in Riverfront Park. Citizens have nominated 36 …


EWU supports legal residency act

The Eastern Washington University board of trustees voted unanimously Thursday to encourage members of the Washington state congressional delegation to support legislation that would provide legal residency to students who …


River lots approved

A developer has been granted permission by the Spokane Valley Hearing Examiner to place 51 single family homes on a 10.98-acre parcel of land that is part of the Coyote …


Kendall Yards given qualified approval for first phase of development plan

Spokane Hearing Examiner Greg Smith on Friday approved the first phase of the revised development plan for Kendall Yards – but with a lengthy list of conditions. He also called …


Preschool center in the works

Journey Discovery Center in Spokane has begun $275,000 worth of improvements at 110 W. Cataldo Ave., where the co-owners said they expect to open their preschool sometime this spring. Nikki …