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Old Posted Oct 10, 2006, 1:26 AM
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Here's a link to Spokane light rail. Light Rail Simulator

http://www.spokanelightrail.com/spok...b.aspx?id=2915

I think Light rail would be the greatest project for this city, more important for growth than Kendall Yards. Unfortunately I don't think "enough" people in Spokane have the vision to see how light rail could help this city. People will say that we don’t need it and in 5 years or so, when it will cost 3x more to build, people will ask for it.
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Old Posted Oct 10, 2006, 7:26 AM
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But, I'm not ready to move again. No, not yet.
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Old Posted Oct 10, 2006, 5:51 PM
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I'd love to see the light rail sytem get up and running. Ideally, it would tie into a city core streetcar line(s), which has also been discussed. If you could have streetcars serving the hospital district, browne's addition, kendall yards/legal district, arena, and gu/u-district all tying into downtown and the light rail line it would do amazing things for transportation and development in the city core. Of course, there isn't likely to be enough $ to build both any time soon.
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Old Posted Oct 10, 2006, 5:56 PM
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In fictional development news....

On the CBS sitcom "How I met your mother" last night, one of the characters, who is an architect in New York City, was designing a skyscraper for Spokane.

Sorry, I don't have any renderings though
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Most of the talk about skyscrapers in Spokane is fictional anyway. LOL
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Old Posted Oct 11, 2006, 12:30 AM
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Anyone hear any news lately about the VOX Tower?
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But, I'm not ready to move again. No, not yet.
Well...when you're ready you can borrow my truck...just don't expect me to lift anything heavy.
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Old Posted Oct 11, 2006, 6:12 AM
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No news on the VOX lately. Word is...it is still moving forward. They did set the completion date back a little bit. Probably Spring of 09. It does look like Prium is getting ready to start construction on the Wall street tower. I saw materials pileing up at the intersection of 2nd and Howard. That is the only good news I have for today.
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Vox

I spoke with some folks from ConoverBond (Rob Brewster's company) at the LaunchPad event the other day. Word on the VOX is that it's set to begin construction in June, and like previously stated, will take about 2 years to complete (mid-2009).

I was able to get some details. Street level will of course be retail. Floors 2-5 will be for parking, 6-29 will be apartments, and 30-33 (yes, 33!) will be condos. Floors 30 & 31 will be made up of several smaller condos and 32 & 33 will have much larger condos.

The specs are still being tweaked, but this is definite. Part of the project is being funded through HUD, so that explains the loooooong delay in getting the project kicked off. At this point the issue isn't so much permitting as it is the aforementioned.

I'm new to this forum but I really like what I've found. I've been following developments in Spokane for years. I'll be sure to check back often and provide updates. Thanks.
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Let me be the first to welcome you Spokane86, to the forum. I am looking forward to any additional insight and information you can bring in regards to inland northwest projects and developments.
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that is good news about the VOX and yeah HUD can be a bitch to deal with and can easily delay any project, but it is also a great sign that something is happening.
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Good to hear about the news about the VOX and Wall Street Condos. Sounds like the plans are going through for the VOX. Welcome Spokane86!
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hello from the deep south. been reading the spokane/cda post for a while. i lived in spokane in the 80's! alway's thought spokane was a kickass place. glade to see spokane is on the edge of becoming a medium size citie' good luck with the vox,kendall yards,all the project's coming to spokane/cda mybe a 400'footer in downdown spokalu in five or six year's
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hello from the deep south. been reading the spokane/cda post for a while. i lived in spokane in the 80's! alway's thought spokane was a kickass place. glade to see spokane is on the edge of becoming a medium size citie' good luck with the vox,kendall yards,all the project's coming to spokane/cda mybe a 400'footer in downdown spokalu in five or six year's
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Nice to see U-district housing coming online. They have also started construction on the nursing school.



Construction about to begin on major U-District project

Alison Boggs
Staff writer/ Spokesman Review
October 12, 2006

Construction is about to begin on one of the first major residential projects aiming to become part of downtown Spokane's burgeoning University District.

The Edge Development Group LLC plans to transform the four-story, 30,000-square-foot Western Soap Building into The Edge, a mixed-use building with 19 urban-industrial style condominiums and ground-floor retail.

"We consider it the predominant building in one of two gateways into the University District," said Chris Batten, co-founder of RenCorp, the architecture, brokerage and construction firm that is the managing member of The Edge Development Group. Main Avenue and Sprague Avenue are the "gateways" into the U-District, Batten said, and The Edge is at 103 E. Sprague Ave., just east of Division Street.

"It's got a great view out over downtown, overlooking the University District, overlooking downtown, looking north," Batten said.

Batten said the $4.2 million project will begin as soon as permits can be secured from the city. Residences should be ready for occupancy by July 2007, Batten said. The condos will range in size from 800 to 1,400 square feet and in price from $200,000 to just under $500,000, Batten said. Three of the condos, on the northwest side of the building, will be two-story townhouse-style units.

The development group purchased the building from WR&R Childs on March 1 for $667,500, property records show. The building's 2007 assessed valuation was $579,360.

Batten said the 1907-era building was renamed The Edge due to its location at the edge of both downtown and the U-District. The name also refers to his company's building style.

"It's more indicative of the type of construction we like to do and the type of projects we like to do," Batten said. "A little less refined, a little more industrial and a little more edgy."

Batten said when construction is finished the building will look nothing like it does today. It will have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking downtown to the north, with exposed concrete, steel and glass mixed in with the historical features of the building. Street trees will adorn the front and the façade will be completely redone, he said. The building will feature a rooftop garden and on-site, secured parking.

RenCorp works to develop condominiums it can offer at prices beginning in the $200,000 range, in contrast to some of the more upscale projects taking place in the city's core, which start around $500,000 and stretch beyond $1 million.

Part of RenCorp's approach has been to find viable properties at the edge of downtown, mostly near the railroad viaduct. Batten said as the U-District develops momentum, the neighborhoods near it, especially along East Sprague, will start to transform.

"What we see on the south side of the tracks is one of the most significant development opportunities in or around the core," Batten said. "There are infill lots up and down Sprague, vacant lots that just have great potential, for any development. You don't get that kind of proximity to downtown without obvious recognition of the potential development opportunities."

Batten also commended the city of Spokane's multi-family housing property tax exemption program for making projects like his possible. The City Council is expected to consider The Edge for inclusion in the program on Monday. Projects approved under the program are exempt from property taxes for 10 years with a goal of encouraging more housing projects within the city's core and other targeted areas.
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Old Posted Oct 13, 2006, 1:39 AM
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^^^^ I'm glad to see these smaller projects starting in Spokane. Collectively, the smaller projects will make the same impact on the economic front as some larger projects (Davenport Tower, Vox) and will give the city it's flavor and variety.

Also in today's business section, there was a nice article how Spokane International Airport has a near $900 million annual impact on Spokane's economy. Way to go GEG!

Also, on Cable Channel 5 this month, Mayor Hession's segment this month is on changes coming on East Sprague. Looks like more improvements are coming that way and what a great link to the U-District!
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Old Posted Oct 13, 2006, 5:11 AM
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I would love to see all of that land east of Division turn into a "Pearl" like area. Not as big as the Pearl here in Portland, but something of that idea would be nice.
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^^^^^I'm right there with ya Urbanlife. I think the U-District has so much potential, and I dream of owning a cool condo with a great view of downtown there someday. If it could be half as cool as the Pearl, I'd be happy.

I'd like to see The U-district, once developed, spur growth along the 2nd and 3rd corridor, with mixed use projects. Maybe some cool condos, along with nice rental buildings mixed in with a mini shopping and restaurant district.
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The east end of downtown (College Park as I like to call it because I refuse to use the term "U District") is going to be a very, very, very cool place. I think that eventually extends down Sprague into some of the more seedy areas of Spokane (in and around the old Playfair site).

There is a lot of old good, but underused and run down, building stock in that area. A catalyst is going to be doing something with the old Playfair site and the nearby Spokane Transfer building.

Albi needs to be replaced and there was talk of the local school districts building a football stadium on the Playfair site. I think that's a great idea but it's also not a big enough idea...I say build a replacement for Albi on that site. Something to the tune of a 45-55k stadium that can have multiple uses.

On a more personal note. Chris Batten, Len and the rest of the folks at RenCorp are all first class people who love Spokane and are doing some really fantastic work in the city. They're also smart business people. I neglected to include them in my previous list of people making things happen in the city and that was an unforgivable oversight on my part.
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