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Old Posted Aug 14, 2007, 12:31 AM
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Interesting information. IMO Parkside is the most exciting building to be built in Idaho in years. Is the color scheme really going to be as bold as the rendering?

I believe you said your parents have reserved a unit. What are they being told as far as move in dates?

Lookin' good C'dA.
Yeah, the renderings from the tenant handbook look great. They're looking to get a restaurant in the building. There will also be a food/drink outlet. In addition, I saw on the renderings where they will have a outdoor putting green on the 3rd floor roof terrace. The building's footprint is about 1/3 larger than that of McEuen Terrace across the street.

The builders have been pretty consistent in meeting their scheduled pour dates. Commercial tenants (retail shops and class A offices will be on floors 1-5) should be able to move in right after New Years. Residential tenants will begin to move in around March/April of next year.
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Good article in today's Spokane Journal of Business on Miller Stauffer (Coeur d'Alene architects/developers who built the 15-story McEuen Terrace and are building the 20-story Parkside building, among others). Here are the highlights:

http://www.spokanejournal.com/spokan...ticle&sub=3281

Miller Stauffer puts stamp on city with its McEuen, Parkside high-rise projects
By: Mike McLean

A homegrown Coeur d’Alene architectural and development firm is doing its share to shape the Lake City skyline.

The company, Miller Stauffer Architects PA, which developed the 15-story McEuen Terrace on Front Avenue earlier this decade, now is developing the 20-story, $50 million Parkside mixed-use tower nearby. The 215-foot-tall building will be about the same height as the 18-story Coeur d’Alene Resort, but because it’s on higher ground, it will be the tallest structure in the downtown skyline, says Monte Miller, founder of and a principal at the company.

Becoming a developer wasn’t a stretch for the company, Miller says.

“We saw that as a natural evolution of an architecture company,” he says. “We saw a wisdom in doing for ourselves what we were doing for other clients.”

Jonathan Coe, president and general manager of the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, says Miller Stauffer raised the bar for mixed-use development in Coeur d’Alene with McEuen Terrace.

“They were the first to take the plunge in creating a project like that and proving it can be done,” Coe says.

It’s significant that Miller Stauffer was the first to get such a project off the ground and to follow it up with Parkside, he says.

“It changed the community’s expectations for future development,” he adds. “It gave others the courage to go ahead.”

...Miller Stauffer designed two other highly visible projects that are now under construction in Coeur d’Alene. One is the Towers at Ridgepointe, a $45-million, six-story, 74-unit luxury condominium complex being developed by The Edge Development Group LLC, of Bend Ore., adjacent to the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course. The other is a $7.5 million, 24-unit, two-story Ice Plant townhouse project being developed by the Schreiber family, of Coeur d’Alene, at 11th Street and Mullan Avenue east of downtown.

The firm’s portfolio of recent design projects also includes retail centers, gas stations, banks, upscale homes, multifamily housing, and churches.

“We don’t really specialize in a niche like some firms,” Miller says. “If we labeled ourselves, we would be primarily a private-sector firm. Having done development personally, we know what it takes.”

The firm, however, has designed its share of public projects, including the Post Falls Public Library, the Coeur d’Alene City Park Rotary Bandshell, and the North Idaho College Children’s Center, says Stauffer, Miller’s partner.

Miller says the firm has annual architectural revenues of between $500,000 and $1 million, and that although revenues fluctuate greatly due to the nature of the business, they’ve grown steadily.

The firm currently is located on the third floor of McEuen Terrace, where it moved about five years ago.

Miller Stauffer plans to move into the Parkside tower this fall, where it will occupy 3,500 square feet of space. That will be a homecoming of sorts. Before moving to McEuen Terrace, the office was at the current Parkside construction site.

Miller says Coeur d’Alene has seen unprecedented growth. Stauffer adds that he expects the growth to continue.

“We’re contacted by two or three people a week about potential projects,” he says. “A number of people are developing and building businesses.”
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I find it amazing and humorous that smaller Coeur d'Alene seems to have as many tower proposals and projects being built as larger cities like Boise and Salt Lake. But then Coeur d'Alene is kind of in a class all of its own and the location cannot be beat either.

Jimtheman, when you have time you should take some pictures of Hayden Lake for those of us who never make it up there to see it ourselves. (the lake itself). Does the town of Hayden Lake have its own downtown, or is it more suburban?
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I find it amazing and humorous that smaller Coeur d'Alene seems to have as many tower proposals and projects being built as larger cities like Boise and Salt Lake. But then Coeur d'Alene is kind of in a class all of its own and the location cannot be beat either.

Jimtheman, when you have time you should take some pictures of Hayden Lake for those of us who never make it up there to see it ourselves. (the lake itself). Does the town of Hayden Lake have its own downtown, or is it more suburban?
I'd be happy to take pictures of the Hayden Lake area when I get the chance. My house overlooks the lake so it would be no problem. It might be a while though as I'm visiting family in the Midwest right now.

There are two different cities, Hayden and Hayden Lake. Hayden Lake has a small population living along the lake, while Hayden has over 13,000 residents. Hayden is growing almost as quickly as Post Falls. The area is suburban. The "downtown" runs along Government Way, 1 block east of US95. There is a downtown development plan though, which should make the downtown more walkable and identifiable.
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I'm back from my travels to the Midwest. Not much news in North Idaho in the past week and a half. I only found the following two stories that might be of some interest:

---Rathdrum equine project approved
By RICK THOMAS



In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the Rathdrum City Council approved a 207-acre equestrian community at the northwest corner of Wyoming Avenue and Greensferry Road. It will include single- and multi-family homes, two arenas, a race track, equestrian pool, veterinary facility, stables and other horse-friendly amenities plus commercial ventures including an RV park.

The plan calls for Greensferry and Wyoming to be widened to three lanes, and two acres will be deeded for a fire station.

Commercial development could include a steakhouse, a convenience store and a laundromat to serve horse enthusiasts who visit in RVs, Yearout said.

The project includes 65 acres for 100 single-family houses and 120 multi-family duplexes and townhouses with up to eight units, and residents will have access to all facilities and a "gallop trail" around the project, Yearout said. Barns for homeowners and visitors and a pool round out the project.

Visitors and participants in equestrian events are expected to provide much of the cash flow for the project with their use of the facilities, which will include two 160-foot by 500-foot indoor arenas for year-round use, he said.

When fully operational, up to 200 are expected to be employed there.

Work on the $50 million community will begin this fall and be done in three phases over four to five years. Phase 1, estimated at about $10 million, includes residential and commercial development including an RV park and arena and is expected to be completed in early 2009. Phase 2 will include more of the equestrian center, additional housing and commercial, with completion by fall 2010 and costing $20 million to $25 million. Phase 3 will include multi-family housing and the race track.

Information: 687-8790 or www.pleasantviewinc.com.

http://www.cdapress.com/articles/200...ews/news02.txt


---CdA Resort plans ice rink
Trial project needs council approval

By Taryn Brodwater and Meghann M. Cuniff

An ice skating rink may open on the lawn of the Coeur d'Alene Resort this winter if the City Council approves.

The 50-by-80-foot rink would encroach about 15 feet onto common area between the resort and Independence Point.

The city's General Services Committee – composed of three council members – voted Monday to send the proposal to the full council Sept. 4.

The temporary, portable rink would be open from November through Jan. 15, according to the proposal. No public money would be used and skating would be open to everyone. "If you look at a lot of some of the other really wintry, Christmasy destination locations, an ice rink seems to be a pretty prevalent activity," Coeur d'Alene Resort General Manager Bill Reagan said Monday.

This season will be a trial to see if there's enough interest to support a permanent facility in another location, which would be costly to build and maintain, Reagan said.

"It's something we'd definitely like to do on a permanent basis," Reagan said. "We feel it fits with Coeur d'Alene's image."

The resort is promoting the rink as a "South Pole Skating Village" to complement the Christmastime "Cruise to the North Pole" that takes visitors to a lakeside home decorated as Santa's workshop, according to a news release.

Visitors to Coeur d'Alene's city beach Monday afternoon welcomed the idea.

http://www.spokesmanreview.com/idaho....asp?ID=206844
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I came across this add in the Coeur d'Alene Magazine. Looking nice.
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I came across this add in the Coeur d'Alene Magazine. Looking nice.
Thanks for the address. I actually already knew about it. Here's some info. on Black Rock's current projects in North Idaho (I previously posted this same information on page 2 of this thread):

-The Club at Black Rock (1/3 completed)
The first private residential golf community overlooking Lake Coeur d'Alene
650 acre residential project
375 custom home sites
Full service marina
Private golf course

-Black Rock Phase 2 (approved by the)
Additional 1,100 acre residential project
325 acre residential project
2nd private golf course

-Bellerive Waterfront Community (under construction)
4 story riverfront condos and boardwalk homes along the Spokane River (adjacent to the Riverstone development)



I know Black Rock does a lot of advertising in many magazines to attract buyers. How do you like the Coeur d'Alene Magazine Sawtooth?

Another development like Black Rock is underway on the other side of Lake Coeur d'Alene called Gozzer Ranch. It too advertises in some magazines. A few months ago, I saw a two page spread for it in the Robb Report magazine (it is basically a magazine for millionaires).

Here's some info. about Gozzer Ranch:
20 minutes by car from downtown Cd’A (5 minutes by boat)
700 acre residential project
To include over 350 home sites and 30 waterfront condos
220-slip full service marina
Private golf course
Water service taxi into downtown Cd’A

Celebrities such as George Clooney, Lance Armstrong, and Vanna White have all looked at homesites in the Gozzer Ranch development, while NFL Hall of Famer has a house in the Black Rock development. When the build out is complete in Gozzer Ranch in 14 years, the development will have more than $1 billion in taxable value. As of last year, Black Rock, with less 1/2 of the first phase completed, had almost $200 million in taxable value. Whether you like the idea of gated communities or not, this is a boon for the county. The average homeowner in Kootenai County actually doesn't pay enough property tax to cover all the services used. The owner of the average $232,340 home pays about $2,300 in property taxes yet he uses about $2,692 in services. That creates about a $390 deficient for the county. In contrast, the average resident with a $2.3 million home would pay $22,782 a year in property taxes or nearly 10 times the amount of services they use!
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Coeur d'Alene is still undergoing a condo boom. Here's another good 5-story project in town, although I would like to see a few more 5-9 story office buildings.




By Mike McLean

A Coeur d’Alene development venture says it plans to launch next spring a $50 million, 74-unit condominium project overlooking the Spokane River near the big Riverstone development.

The five-story, 190,000-square-foot structure is to be located at 1214 W. Mill, just west of Northwest Boulevard and a few hundred feet north of the river, says Art Bale, a Coeur d’Alene-based developer and real estate broker who is part owner and manager of the development company, called Coeur d’Alene Condominiums.

The project would be built on a 2.25-acre site that’s currently occupied by Riverwalk RV Park, which Bale developed in 1997 and continues to own.

Bale, who also is an associate broker with Northwest GMAC Real Estate, of Coeur d’Alene, says the planned structure will have five above-ground floors and two basement levels. Units in the structure, which is to be called the Coeur d’Alene Condominiums, will be priced from $500,000 to $1.2 million, he says, and will range in size from 900 square feet to 1,850 square feet of floor space.

Each unit also will have a balcony ranging in size from 90 square feet to 270 square feet, Bale says.

The ground floor of the building will have about 40,300 square feet of floor space and might include some retail shops, he says. The project will have 135 underground parking spaces in two basement levels and 24 ground-level parking spaces on a surface lot.

He says that every unit will have a view of the Spokane River, and that units on the second through fifth floors also will have views of Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Construction is expected to begin in May and be completed in September of 2009.

With the Riverstone project nearby, Coeur d’Alene Condominiums will be within walking distance of medical, banking, exercise, restaurant, and entertainment facilities, Bale says. The project also is near easy bicycle and pedestrian access to downtown Coeur d’Alene via the Centennial Trail, he says.

http://www.spokanejournal.com/spokan...ticle&sub=3284
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It's not a "sexy" project in my opinion, but I think it's newsworthy since it is a$50 million development. In the past two weeks, the Coeur d'Alene area has seen one project valued at $50 million or more proposed (the 5-story Coeur d'Alene Condos) and two $50 million projects approved (the Rathdrum equestrian facility and this Life Care nursing home facility):


$50 million nursing facility being built in Post Falls
Becky Kramer

One of the nation's largest operators of nursing homes and assisted living facilities is building a $50 million complex in Post Falls.

Life Care Centers of America has started construction on a 120-bed skilled nursing facility at 2800 E. Mullan Ave., near Wal-Mart, which will be ready in about a year. Later this year, Life Care will begin building the project's second phase – 104 assisted living units and 153 independent living units.

The facility will be the second in Kootenai County for the Tennessee-based firm, which ranked 181st last year on Forbes' list of largest U.S corporations, with $1.96 billion in revenue.

Life Care officials estimate that the Post Falls complex will have a $10 million impact on the local economy, including a yearly payroll of $4 million, plus purchases of goods and services. About 170 people will work for Life Care in Post Falls.

An Oregon firm is also planning a large senior-living facility in Post Falls. Sunwest Management Inc. of Salem has purchased eight acres on the corner of 12th Avenue and Cecil Road. The company anticipates breaking ground this fall on 95 assisted living units, said Sebastian Brown, director of acquisition for Canyon Creek Development, which is Sunwest's real estate partner. A second phase will include 16 units for people with Alzheimer's disease or dementia.

About 60 full- and part-time workers will be employed at the development's first phase, Brown said.

http://www.spokesmanreview.com/busin....asp?ID=207615
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I really wanna know who is all coming to Riverstone. There have been so many rumors, no?
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Nice to see you back and posting Cody.

What are you wanting to know? Restaurants, shops, or something else? I'll let you know what I've read and you can let me know what you've heard about.
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Nice to see you back and posting Cody.

What are you wanting to know? Restaurants, shops, or something else? I'll let you know what I've read and you can let me know what you've heard about.

Okay, yeah everything. Nils Rosdahl even addressed the RUMOR that Trader Joe's is coming to Cd'A (which is NOT true, for everyone else) in the S-R. I saw the new entrance (well, its kinda old) to Riverstone and the new lights and stuff! Cd'A makes me so proud!

The Coeur d'Alene Library is open now!!! Yea! It looks sooooo nice, I just drove past it.
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Speaking of the new library opening, here's a picture. For those who don't know, the new library downtown is 4 times as large as the old one on Harrison Avenue. It overlooks the park downtown, Lake Coeur d'Alene, and the Coeur d'Alene Resort. It is across the street from two of the city's tall buildings, McEuen Terrace and Parkside.

Also opening this week is the new Chamber of Commerce (Coeur d'Alene has the second largest Chamber membership in Idaho, after Boise) building on Sherman, which overlooks the Coeur d'Alene Resort and the city beach.

Library:


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The city of Coeur d'Alene has almost maxed out its current space. With all of the new condos and other high-density projects in town, the city is well on its way to becoming much more denser. The city cannot expand its limits to the south because of the lake, to the north because of the cities of Hayden and Dalton Gardens, or too much to the west because of Post Falls. There is some room to expand to the S.W. and Eastern portions of the city, though. The problem with those land areas is that most are hilly and heavily forested. The city's new comprehensive plan details what the city wants to do with these areas in the coming years. In the future, some hillsides will have more houses on them, though they will not exactly be cramped at around only 2.5 houses per acre. This article from today's Spokesman-Review details the beginnings of the city's push to annex some adjacent hillside land:


Erica Curless
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September 10, 2007

Blackwell Hill, a steep forested landscape along the Spokane River visible from Northwest Boulevard, is likely the next high-profile chunk of property to become part of Coeur d'Alene.

The hillside on the south shore of the river, off Millview Lane, is highlighted in Coeur d'Alene's newly proposed growth plan as a special area that needs specific guidelines for how development should occur.

The Coeur d'Alene Planning Commission is conducting its first formal public hearing Tuesday on the draft plan, which lists growth guidelines for Blackwell Hill and 15 other areas in the city.

After 2 ½ years of work, the commission unveiled this spring the rewrite of the comprehensive plan, which is the foundation of all land-use decisions. Since April the commission has held four informal public meetings and an open house on the plan, which is based on four goals: preserving the natural environment and beauty, encouraging economic growth, protecting the quality of existing neighborhoods, and providing an efficient and well-managed city government.

The plan was last updated in 1995, long before towers were common, waterfront mills were transformed into a mix of condos and shops, and developers took interest in older residential neighborhoods.

Today, Coeur d'Alene has little space to grow except for steeper hillsides, such as Blackwell Hill, and older neighborhoods, such as those near downtown.

Planning Commission Chairman John Bruning said that the likely annexation and development of Blackwell Hill, which is owned by the Magnuson family, was often mentioned during the public meetings on the proposed comprehensive plan.

"That will be a very sensitive issue," Bruning said. "Hillside development is (always) an issue."

The 340 acres have been owned by Magnuson's Coeur d'Alene Land Company for nearly 40 years.

Attorney Jim Magnuson said the family does eventually want the property annexed into Coeur d'Alene and to develop homes and perhaps apartments and condos.

He said he understands the desire to protect views and vistas, but doesn't believe that Blackwell Hill should be listed in a special category, somewhat hampering private property rights.

He said responsible developers, especially those who live in the area, will undertake developments that are sensitive to the landscape.

"We don't ever want to do anything that makes people say, 'Oh, look what they did,' " Magnuson said.

"We put our name on it, we have lived here all our life, and we want to do something where people say, 'They did a really good job.' "

In a June 13 letter to the Planning Commission, Magnuson suggested changing the density recommended by the growth plan for Blackwell Hill to allow 2.5 homes per acre instead of one home per acre. Magnuson said the plan also should encourage cluster development to preserve more open space.

The commission hasn't changed the draft.

Magnuson said more homes are needed to support the cost of bringing sewer, water and roads to the steep, rocky area. The top of the property is flat and not visible from the north side of the river. Magnuson said the city should allow clusters of high-density development in these areas.

Other specific areas listed in the comprehensive plan include hillsides such as Canfield Mountain and Best Hill, where sparse development is envisioned and open space is a main priority for the preservation of vegetation and views.

The growth plan also outlines special areas that Bruning said the commissioners agreed are unique and need individual attention.

Those range from the hillsides and shorelines to the education corridor and the Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer.

During the public meetings and open house, Bruning said residents also indicated a strong desire for preserving trees and expanding the city's bike and pedestrian paths.

"All facets of growth were discussed," Bruning said about the meetings.

"People want to see quality growth and not just growth for the sake of growth."

http://www.spokesmanreview.com/idaho....asp?ID=208991
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Does CD'A still have some kind of ordinance where buildings cannot be taller than the pine trees? I don't recall all of the details but it seems like there was a lot of news about this last year and it was talked about in this forum.
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Does CD'A still have some kind of ordinance where buildings cannot be taller than the pine trees? I don't recall all of the details but it seems like there was a lot of news about this last year and it was talked about in this forum.
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There is no ordinance limiting building heights in the city to the tops of the trees. I don't recall that discussion on this site (maybe I missed it), but there was a similar rumor in St. George that buildings could not be higher than the angel statute on that city's temple. I went online to the city's website and found the building height limits to dispel that rumor.

As you know, building height restrictions differ depending on how an area is zoned. Current regulations allow downtown buildings to have a maximum height of 200 feet, with architectural features such as uninhabitable towers and antennas extending to 220 feet. By comparison, The Coeur d'Alene Resort is 216 feet tall. The new Parkside Tower will be 213 feet. Parkside pretty much conforms even though it was approved before the current restrictions were passed.

Buildings can only exceed 75 feet if they comply with certain bulk, spacing and setback standards.

Bonus square footage would be given if developers provide certain features such as street level retail, a public plaza/courtyard, canopies, public art, water features, structured and below-grade parking, day cares, health clubs, public meeting rooms and workforce housing.

Hope this answers your question. Looking down the road 10-15 years, I think you'll see Coeur d'Alene with two or three more 10-15 story buildings and 5-6 more buildings between 6-10 stories. You'll also see 2-3 buildings over 6 stories down the road in Post Falls...(just my predictions)
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There was actually a lot of discussion and some colorful comments about the building height/tree news I referred to, and if I remember correctly there was even a thread all about this, but it may have been back before you joined last year, maybe it was discussed a year and a half ago. When I think about it, it was just an idea that someone on the city council had.
I don't recall anything on this forum about St. George, but in those predominately LDS towns where the temples are center stage, there are all kinds of rumors that the temples have to be the tallest structures in the towns...like Idaho Falls, St. George etc.
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There was actually a lot of discussion and some colorful comments about the building height/tree news I referred to, and if I remember correctly there was even a thread all about this, but it may have been back before you joined last year, maybe it was discussed a year and a half ago. When I think about it, it was just an idea that someone on the city council had.
I don't recall anything on this forum about St. George, but in those predominately LDS towns where the temples are center stage, there are all kinds of rumors that the temples have to be the tallest structures in the towns...like Idaho Falls, St. George etc.
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