Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Progress Watch- McFarlane Industrial Park in Airway Heights

Named for the road the development is located on, McFarlane Industrial Park is growing and adding to the much-needed warehousing stock in the Spokane area. A project of Spokane Valley based developer At Industrial, the project actually started with a 187,500 SF building which has been leased to Amazon and will evidently become the Spokane area's first Amazon Delivery Station. No word however on when Amazon will start operating there, however.

Now the focus is onto phase two of the project, which will be another new large warehouse. This new warehouse is located 10921 W. McFarlane Rd and is actually larger than the first building at the site, with the new building clocking in at 218,400 SF. . There are no tenants named for the new structure, however the marketing information indicates the new building is to be dividable down to 14,560 SF, meaning we could see more than one new company set up shop in the new building.

Office spaces will be built to suit with the building boasting cross dock capabilities. 30' clear height +/- and 145' truck courts. Large amounts of on-site surface parking will be provided to tenants, as will 4.2 acres of adjacent land for storage, etc.

Divcon,Inc. is the general contractor for the building. An additional building was also planned at the site at one time, but this will likely be added as the market demands as no additional permits have been issued at the site.

For more information on the projects of At Industrial, check

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Construction underway for new Cambria Suites hotel near Spokane International Airport


Originally planned to be built as a LaQuinta Inn in early 2019, the planned hotel made a switch to the Cambria Hotel branding in Aug. 2019. But perhaps due to Covid and other factors no actual construction happened at that time for the hotel, which is to be located at 4611 S. Dowdy Rd nearby Geiger Blvd.

Flash forward to 2022, and we can see that the plan appears to have been delayed but not completely cancelled as construction is now happening on the site. In fact, when we investigated last week, a small crew was present, and a building foundation has already been constructed with early plumbing rising out of the ground. The site is only few miles south of Spokane International Airport, the GEG1 Amazon facility and is an easy drive to Downtown Spokane.

Permits for Spokane's new Cambria Hotel we're re-issued in March of this year with MedVed Global Northwest,LLC of Moses Lake listed as the general contractor. The permits we're submitted by Mohinder Brar, who appears to be related with the Best Western franchise in Moses Lake, but when we reached out for information on opening dates, etc. we unfortunately received no comment.

What we do know about the new hotel is that will be a 4-story building with 85 rooms. The original press releases for the hotel when it was first proposed indicate that the hotel will include a fitness center, meeting space and locally inspired design. The architect on file with the building permits is Kaul Design Associates, LLC of Federal Way. We hope to have more exact details at some point in the future.

Cambria Hotels are a growing brand established by the parent company Choice Hotels. The company's website mentions the Cambria brand under the phrase " Little luxuries, Big Difference ", tailored to business travelers and the wants of leisure guests. 

Friday, July 22, 2022

Is Chick-fil-A coming to the South Hill?

 The chicken wars might soon be heating up even more around Spokane. As many know Chick-fil-A officially entered the Spokane market with a location at 9304 N. Newport Hwy. in Dec. of 2020. It was quite the opening with drive thru lines snaking thru the surrounding neighborhood for several days.

But, now two years later it looks like Chick-fil-A is working one adding a second location in the Lilac City. No permits have been applied for, but San Diego based 4G Development & Consulting did file for a pre-development conference with the city this week for what is shown in the public record documents as a new Chick-fil-A restaurant in the South Hill's Lincoln Heights neighborhood.

Plans can change, and they can even potentially be cancelled, but the current development plan calls for the new restaurant to be built new on the southwest corner of 29th & Regal. The site, which is already largely vacant would be cleared to make way for a new 4,987 SF Chick-fil-A restaurant building, it is to feature a double drive through, enough indoor dining for 90 and a new 113 stall surface parking lot. No mention of an estimated constriction timeline or opening date just yet.

The info on this possible new Chick-fil-A come on the heels of their competitor, Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen, also showing an attempt at coming to the Spokane area. Popeye's has a location now in Post Falls and once planned a store at Division & Lyons but backed out of that site. Recently a new franchise owner put in pre-development paperwork for a new Popeye's on Newport Hwy. by the Y (ironically by the existing Chick-fil-A) and another close off of US 2 by the Spokane / Airway Heights border. Those also have not yet been issued building permits.

We will continue to keep an eye on these projects and other new restaurant news in the Spokane area.

Portion of the former Luigi's building to be converted into apartments

 Following on the heels of a few other Downtown building re-purposing's, plans are moving forward to convert another Historic building into apartments.  Permits we're applied for this week to convert the second and third floor of the building at 245 W. Main into rental units.

The space has been used previously as office space and the ground floor was last used for Luigi's Italian Restaurant, who's signage still remains on the facade despite the eatery having closed some time ago. The ground floor is shown as not included in this new round of permits and will remain commercial with no mention of a new tenant.

The top floors will be renovated and built out into 12 new apartments with one- and two-bedroom floorplans. In all 8 one bedroom, 3 two bedroom and 1 accessible two-bedroom units will be created. As this is only the permitting stage there is not yet news on what the rental rates will be or when the units might start to become available.

Graham Construction, of Calgary and with offices in Spokane Valley is acting as the general contractor for the project with design work being done by ZBA Architecture of Spokane.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Construction starts for Schweitzer's new employee housing project in Ponderay

 Originally announced in May, construction has now officially kicked off for a new 84 unit employee housing development for the employees of North Idaho ski resort, Schweitzer. The project is a partnership between Schweitzer and real-estate development firm Eastmark Capital Group. The complex will be located near the intersection of Schweitzer Plaza Dr. and Triangle Dr. , in Ponderay, a few miles north of Downtown Sandpoint. The project is to be walking distance to shopping, dining and transportation services including the public shuttle to Schweitzer.

The first phase of the project will see 84 pet-friendly one-, two- and three-bedroom units, and will feature full kitchens, washers and dryers and access to bike and ski storage. The current construction is set to be completed by the Summer of 2023. Future plans for the site include additional housing units, converted picnic areas, outdoor play areas, walking paths, workout facilities, and full-service daycare facility aimed at serving Schweitzer employees with young children in need of affordable childcare.

Schweitzer also continues to make improvements elsewhere around the resort property. In early May, construction began on a new road that will lead to approximately 1400 additional parking spaces and a new chairlift, with the goal of creating more efficient access to the mountain. This new roadway will connect to Schweitzer Mountain Rd. from an existing roundabout. Plans call for having more parking and at least one new chairlift in place by the Winter 2023/24 ski season.

Additionally, Schweitzer opened their new 31 room boutique hotel called Humbird earlier this year with a second phase in the works.  The new hotel also features an on-site restaurant called Crow's Bench.

For more information on the offerings of Schwitzer, visit their website at

Sunday, July 17, 2022

HUGE new update to our Current Construction Projects page!

 Ever wonder what's going in where? The articles we publish onto the main site give one a good idea, but there just isn't time to cover it all. That's why we have a convenient page of active construction in the Spokane area, and we just did a big overhaul of it!

Check it out at

New additions include-

New warehousing / co-working space coming to the former Triumph building near Airway Heights.

Upper floors of the Luigi's building to become apartments.

21-unit apartment building planned off of an Alley along Monroe St., near Kendall Yards.

And, a lot more! It's not a list of everything as it's very likely I forgot a couple. There's also a few that I'm hearing about but haven't seen permits / movement on just yet so I'm leaving those off the list for in-case they stall. 

Don't hesitate to reach out with questions ( ). And, with any luck watch for a Kootenai County version of this list at some point as well.

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Beard Papa's coming to Spokane Valley

 Starting in Japan in the late 90's the Beard Papa's brand of cream puffs now boasts over 400 bakery locations in 15 countries. And now the brand is on its way to the Inland Northwest.

The location planned for our area will open soon in Spokane Valley, near Costco at 4808 E. Sprague #204. The company will occupy a 2450 SF space with Ryan Oberg, Katie Bohr and Cory Barbieri of Goodale & Barbieri handling the lease transaction for the space.

The about us page of the Beard Papa's website tells us that Beard Papa's began in Osaka,Japan and people in the city couldn't resist the aroma from the bakery or the kind face of the owner, Yuji Hirota. His fluffy white beard was so renowned that became known as " Beard Papa " to the regular customers.

The menu of Beard Papa's locations consists of their famous cream puffs where they allow the customer to choose a "shell" from an original to green tea eclair and many more and after that one can also choose a filling. A few other dessert items are also usually available, and a scan of the company's website shows some locations offer teas and iced coffees but no info if the future Spokane location will include anything extra.

This will be the third Beard Papa's location in Washington as other locations include a location in Lynwood and one within Seattle's Uwajimaya Asian Market. For info on the offerings of Beard Papa's, visit their website at

Friday, July 8, 2022

Seattle based real estate partnership acquires land in Spokane's University District for new Class-A apartment project

 A joint venture between Seattle based real estate developers Spectrum Development Solutions and opportunity zone real estate investment firm Pinnacle Partners have announced that they have closed on the acquisition of a 5.75 acre site in the heart of Spokane's University District.

The companies plan to develop the site in a new, 160 unit 4-story Class-A apartment complex that is yet to be named. Spectrum and Pinnacle plan to break ground in the Spring of 2023 with completion due in the Summer of 2024. The project will be at 811 N. Iron Bridge Way, a short walk across the Iron Bridge from the campuses, facilities, shops, restaurants and more within the main University District.

"This is a terrific opportunity for us to deliver our brand of housing to serve students, healthcare workers and young professionals" said Jhomar Small, associate principal at Spectrum Development Solutions. The project will include a mix of open one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment units, along with ample bike and vehicle parking. Various on-site amenities will include a half-size basketball court, fitness center, and club room. The project will also have easy access to the Centennial Trail and the Spokane River.

Architectual work for the project is being done by Seattle based Mithun in collaboration with local architectural firm ZBA Architecture. No general contractor is shown on the public record documents for this project as of yet.

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Property watch- Open House July 7th for a commercial building at 6012 E. Trent with lots of possibilities

 This is a new story idea for our site called " property watch " where we take a look at an active commercial real estate listing. I'm sure more than a few of this site's readers are looking to start or expand a business and this will give a look at what's out there and maybe help fill a space or two.

However, know that I'm not a broker myself, I'm not licensed in any state and make no guarantees. For that kind of info please contact the broker I mention in the article-

6012 E. Trent Ave. in Spokane. Suitable for retail, production and/or warehouse space!

This property is listed with Matthew Byrd, senior advisor with SVN Cornerstone. The property offers 3,000 SF of open warehouse/shop area, 950 SF showroom area and 700 SF storage/production area all along the busy E. Trent Ave. corridor near SCC. There is plenty of newly painted and striped surface parking and approximately 17,000 SF of extra land on the north side of the property for additional parking/yard space. 

Interested parties can even see this one in person, as an open house is planned at the site on Thurs. July 7th from 3-5pm. The space is marketed as leasing at $6,200/Mo./NNN. 

For more information on leasing 6012 E. Trent, contact Matthew Byrd with SVN Cornerstone at 509-499-9229 or or stop by the open house. And, once you lease it be sure to come back to this site, send us an email and tell us all about the place you'll open there!

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Going up... work to start on Downtown Coeur d' Alene's newest high rise

About a year after the completion of One Lakeside, a residential / hotel tower that was the last addition to Coeur d' Alene's skyline, work has kicked off for the next skyline addition. This time the new project is called The Thomas George and will be an 18-story mixed use building to be built at 116 S. 3rd St.. 

The building will be at the corner of 3rd and Front, where a surface parking lot and the former US Bank drive thru lanes had been. It'll also be just steps away from the Coeur d' Alene Resort and Lake Coeur d' Alene. The site has now been cleared and blocked off; and we're told actual construction will start by the end of the Summer. They plan for construction to take about two years, meaning the Thomas George should open in 2024.  Garco Construction will be the general contractor and Miller Stauffer Architects did the architectural designs for the owner Front Row Properties.

The Thomas George will offer 60 condominium units with indoor/outdoor heated pool, golf simulator, 24 hour fitness center, balconies and garage space underground. A recent article from another news source even indicates that many of the condo have already been reserved. Condo's at The Thomas George will range from $770k - $2M, for info on reserving a unit contact Hayden Anderl of Anderl Real Estate & Development at 208-964-0234 / /

In addition to the residential side of the development two commercial spaces will be available for lease on the ground floor. One 1,527 SF space and another at 1,605 SF, ideally to be used for a food service type tenant(s).

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

HUGE update to our New Restaurant page!

 So many new restaurants are coming to the Spokane area!  And we like to think we are one of the best sources for finding new eatery's coming to the area, so after probably way to long we've updated our " Restaurants coming soon" page with more of the places we're hearing about.

Check it out, it's always there at

Places newly added to the list include (go to the page to see more details about each)-

Indigenous Eats

Hungree Bee


Chipotle Airway Heights

Popeyes Airway Heights

Popeyes North Spokane

Tamale Box


Cantarito Mexican Restaurant

Domino's Pizza Spokane Valley (on Trent)


Koselig Kitchen

California Mexican Food

Palenque Mexican Restaurant (move)

Twenty Seventh Heaven (move)

Habit Burger Grill

Spokane Salad & Delivery

Porter's Real BBQ

Drunky Two Shoes

Off the Wall


Hammers Bar & Grill

And this is just the places added to the list. Several others including Kasa, Loren, Uno Mas Taco Shop and more are already on the list. So, check it out at

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Construction underway for new Bike Hub lead development in Liberty Lake

 Originally planned to have construction start in early 2022, delays happen and construction is just now starting for a new commercial development to be built at 2210 N Madsen Rd, near Appleway in Liberty Lake. Plans call for the eventual construction of two buildings to be built on what is currently a vacant lot next to the existing Trailbreaker Cider facility. 

Paperwork filed in the project's SEPA application indicate a 7500+ SF building to be constructed across from a 6500+ SF building that is indicated as phase two. A new surface parking lot would also be added by the buildings and some land towards the back of the lot that would remain undeveloped at this time.

Bike sports sales and service business, Bike Hub is to be the main tenant for the project taking what's shown as about 4600 SF. Three other tenants are already signed on to open in the development and are even included on a sign at the site. Among these businesses are Move & Co. Real Estate, Red Oak Barbershop and Radio Brewing Company.

Radio Brewing Company will be a new addition to the Spokane area brewing scene, coming to Liberty Lake from their current facility in Kellogg,ID. We believe this will be a second location for the brewery. The other two are new businesses and all should open around the Spring of 2023. JW Elmer Construction of Spokane is the general contractor in charge of the project, with Architectural Ventures doing the architectural design work.