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Steam Plant stacks turn pink

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the twin smokestacks of the historic Steam Plant in downtown Spokane are being bathed in pink light throughout October to help bring attention …


Spokane giving smaller home lots a tryout

Affordable homes on smaller, urban lots. That’s how Jim Frank is succeeding in the coveted mixed-use Kendall Yards development on the north edge of the Spokane River gorge. Frank said …


HUD loan key to Ridpath redevelopment

After more than three years of watching private developers struggle to save the derelict Ridpath Hotel, Spokane city officials are prepared to arrange limited financing to help convert the building …


Proposal would ease downtown utility bill disparity

Developer Ron Wells has a waiting list of nearly 200 people wanting affordable apartments in downtown Spokane. “There’s another 50 to 60 that couldn’t wait around and had to find …


Germond building getting upscale remodel

A historic downtown Spokane building that served as city hall in the 1890s is being converted into high-end apartments by its owner, the Diamond Parking Co., of Seattle. Once known …


Shawn Vestal: Hurdles keep coming in Wells’ bid to resuscitate the Ridpath

Ron Wells is becoming leery of setting deadlines at the Ridpath Hotel. He had hoped that work to turn the decrepit old hotel into a downtown apartment building would be …


Ridpath Hotel up for National Register of Historic Places

The road to restoration of the Ridpath Hotel in downtown Spokane reaches an important milestone today as the hotel goes up for recommendation to the National Register of Historic Places. …


Ridpath Hotel on path to a new beginning

Now you see them. Now you don’t. A judge has ruled that some of the condominium units and restrictions at the Ridpath Hotel were created improperly – and therefore do …


Ridpath’s fate hinges on condo bylaws suit

The Ridpath’s future keeps bumping into its past. This time, a bit of chicanery from five years ago has gotten tangled up in the competing efforts of two high-profile Spokane …


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.


Historic Ridpath will have a future if Wells succeeds

The logjam may finally be breaking at the Ridpath Hotel. Developer Ron Wells, whose fine touch with condos and historical properties is well-established, has begun purchasing units at the decrepit …


Wells and Co. has been revitalizing cityscape for decades

Preservation architect Ron Wells dreams of putting an observation deck on top of one of the old Steam Plant stacks that tower 225 feet above downtown Spokane. Based on his …


Guest opinion: WSU should negotiate with Wells on Jensen-Byrd offer

It’s impossible to overstate the impact of the Riverpoint higher education campus on Spokane. Today it boasts nine academic buildings, with a new medical school to follow. Five universities offer …


Jensen-Byrd buyer backs out of deal

Public outcry and a web of permitting issues have led a Texas company to withdraw its offer to buy and demolish the historic Jensen-Byrd and replace it with student housing. …


Coeur d’Alene Brewing Co. owners plan Spokane venture

The former owners of the Coeur d’Alene Brewing Co. plan to open a new brewery on the west edge of downtown Spokane. Gage and Spencer Stromberg, along with their parents, …


Jensen-Byrd building buyers will tear it down

The 102-year-old Jensen-Byrd building at the east end of downtown Spokane will be torn down by its new owner, a Texas company that plans to build student housing on the …


Ron, Julie Wells continue to put stamp on local architecture

Ron and Julie Wells are the husband and wife team and architect and interior design duo that founded Wells & Company, the award-winning development firm behind some of downtown Spokane’s …


We dreamed of things that were, and said ‘Y not!’

If you were on the fence about the proposal to knock down the old YMCA building in Riverfront Park, go take a look now that it’s gone. My guess is …


Commission: YMCA ineligible for historic listing

The former YMCA in Riverfront Park is headed for a date with the wrecking ball. The Spokane City-County Historic Landmarks Commission voted 9-0 on Wednesday that the building is not …


Brewery has no luck finding new Coeur d’Alene location

The owners of Coeur d’Alene Brewing Co. say they’ve been unable to find a new building in Coeur d’Alene and will now brew beer only from the Steam Plant Grill …


Spokane council members not keen on YMCA options

Spokane City Council members are poised to reject Spokane County’s offer to buy the vacant Riverfront Park YMCA, a decision that could force the city to sell parkland or raise …


Original bidder wants YMCA

The developer who originally wanted to build a 12-story condo tower on the site of the former downtown YMCA has submitted one of three proposals for redeveloping the facility under …


Historic merit up for debate

A new battle over the former YMCA pits the building’s history against the natural and cultural history of the island on which it sits and the adjacent Spokane Falls. In …


Deadlines near on YMCA’s fate

Almost a half-century after David Rodgers turned a shovel of dirt to commemorate construction of a new downtown YMCA, he considers the decision to build the Y along the shore …


Little-known stream could become new park water feature

The YMCA sits near a river channel. What’s less known is that a stream flows through the building. The creek, which is a foot deep or more and changes in …


Churchill’s Steakhouse to reopen at same site

Shut down for more than a year due to a fire, downtown Spokane eatery Churchill’s Steakhouse will start rebuilding next week, owner Bill Alles said Tuesday. Smoke and water damage …


Churchill’s Steakhouse to reopen at same site

Shut down for more than a year due to a fire, downtown Spokane eatery Churchill’s Steakhouse will start rebuilding next week, owner Bill Alles said Tuesday.


Time to update the plan

As more and more people find their way to downtown Spokane, the city is going to have to consider ways to accommodate larger numbers of pedestrians. Ron Wells, a downtown …