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Buyer calls off YWCA deal

A development company’s recent decision to break an agreement to buy prime riverfront land from the YWCA of Spokane has left the nonprofit group searching for a new buyer in …


YWCA left searching for building buyer

A development company’s recent decision to break an agreement to buy prime riverfront land from the YWCA of Spokane has left the nonprofit group searching for a new buyer in …


County plans to offer funds for YMCA site

Spokane County will offer taxpayer funds to the city to buy the YMCA property in Riverfront Park, but only after the city completes a feasibility study and agrees the building …


County, city at odds over plan for YMCA

County commissioners are balking at changes Spokane city officials want to make to a plan to buy the YMCA building in Riverfront Park partly with taxpayers’ money. Commissioners told city …


YMCA purchase deadline extended

The Spokane City Council has an extra month to decide if it will buy the YMCA. The Spokane Park Board put a $1 million down payment on the Y in …


City wants to buy Y, but will study options

The Spokane City Council wants to study whether buying the YMCA building in Riverfront Park with Conservation Futures funds is the “highest and best use” of that money for the …


Our View: Private development of YMCA site remains sound

As recently as last summer, one scenario for Spokane’s 42-year-old YMCA building envisioned its existence and continued use for 15 to 20 more years. That was expected to be a …


Council considers Y’s fate

Spokane leaders have three weeks to decide the future of the downtown YMCA or risk forfeiting $1 million. The Spokane Park Board put the money down on the Y, which …


Here’s the Dirt: Y Building, Ridpath floors on auction block

The top two floors of the former Ridpath Hotel, once the home of one of Spokane’s hot spots – Ankeny’s – are on the block in a national silent auction …


Our View: Plan to buy unwise, a poor fit for conservation fund

When YMCA leaders broke ground for their building on Havermale Island more than 46 years ago, Y president (and later Spokane mayor) David H. Rodgers proclaimed it “part of the …


Y funding plan gaining city support

A deal that would pay off the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department’s $4.3 million obligation to finish buying the downtown YMCA appears to have the City Council support it needs …


County agrees to purchase YMCA building

The Spokane County Commission earned a million thanks today from city officials by agreeing in a split vote to use Conservation Futures funds to buy the YMCA building as part …


3 community centers to serve people of all ages

A new community center is always a hit. Spokane and Coeur d’Alene are about to score a grand slam. Three nonprofit organizations with deep local roots are finishing three landmark …


YMCA-YWCA collaboration paying off

A joint effort by the YWCA and YMCA to build two big community centers in Spokane is emerging as a model of collaboration for nonprofits, especially in lean times when …


Park Board meets behind closed doors

The Spokane Park Board may have violated a public accountability law this week when it met behind closed doors to discuss how it will pay for the downtown YMCA. At …


Use futures fund to buy Y, voters say in poll

A new survey about the purchase of the downtown YMCA may help push the land into public ownership. Two county commissioners who were undecided or leaning against a plan to …


Council to discuss YMCA purchase today

The public will get a chance today to speak on a proposal to buy the downtown YMCA and turn the land into natural space. Spokane County commissioners are considering a …


Park’s natural value not lost on residents

The man who led the effort to create Riverfront Park says it would be “unthinkable” to allow private development on the downtown YMCA property. King Cole, who was president of …


Council rejects money for Y

The Spokane City Council said no thanks Monday to county leaders considering a plan to buy the downtown YMCA in Riverfront Park with existing public money. If county commissioners don’t …


County could help buy YMCA site

Facing the potential construction of a condo tower in Riverfront Park, the county’s park committee this week recommended the purchase of the downtown YMCA. If county commissioners agree, the use …


No tower in park, board says

The president of the Spokane Park Board wants one thing to be perfectly clear: There’s no way the board will allow a developer to build a 14-story tower at the …


YMCA site may go condo

A Spokane developer plans to build a $50 million, 14-story condominium tower on the YMCA property at the edge of Riverfront Park, overlooking the Spokane River. Mark Pinch, who has …


Downtown Ys want to sell

The downtown Spokane YMCA and YWCA have launched an ambitious plan to sell their choice riverfront properties and use the proceeds to build a shared campus somewhere in the downtown …