Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Chaos Arcade, VR and Cafe opens on Francis in North Spokane

 Looking for something new to do? Then you might want check out Chaos, a new business in North Spokane that offers a large arcade, VR experience and cafe  and is now open at 1020 W. Francis suite H.

INBW staff photos

The business' opening was delayed somewhat because of the pandemic, but they are now ready and operational, albeit following current state regulations. Chaos Arcade is located in a 13,000 square foot space with dozens of video games from the most current state of the art games to a few old school classics. Like other arcades, there is even a ticket redemption center stocked up with some great prizes. Money is loaded onto game cards when entering for however much you desire to play and the business is open to all ages. 

Chaos is more then just an arcade, the front wall of the space is filled with Virtual Reality booths for a VR gaming experiences of all kinds. And, the center of the space is home to their own cafe serving coffees, espresso, boba tea and selection of beers and wines.

Photos courtesy of Chaos.

A food menu is also available at the cafe with pizzas, gourmet hot dogs and more. Indoor dining is available and a party room is coming as soon covid restrictions allow.  Currently Chaos is open Tues-Sun. 11a-9p, for more information check out their website at and follow them on social media.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Construction begins to convert high rise QualMed Plaza into the 508 West Apartments

A large red crane is now up and changes are coming to the building formerly known as QualMed Plaza. The building has sat the corner of Sixth & Stevens on the Lower South Hill for decades, filled with an array of medical offices. But the offices that remain are working on their own new spaces to move to as construction crews have already started the process of converting the building into a new option for urban living in Downtown Spokane.

Brumback Construction of Spokane is both the contractor and developer on the project that will re-develop the ten story structure in the 508 West, a play on it's address at 508 W. Sixth. The plan calls for converting the main building and it's attached parking garage into apartments, 117 new units in all. The apartments will be available as upscale studio, one and two bedroom units. When we reached out they said they don't have a set rental rate just yet but will likely have a " wide range of pricing ".

The building will also feature a rooftop terrace and amazing views of Downtown Spokane, which is within walking distance of the development. Also, the ground floor will retain it's commercial use with a pharmacy, hair salon and coffee shop.

They indicate the first of the apartments will be able for move in this Fall, with more phases to be released shortly after. Brumback is already gathering an interest list on their website, which also includes some awesome renderings of what the finished project will look like. For more info on that please check out

Project update- River District Town Center in Liberty Lake

 Recently I've seen a few local news articles about new developments that might become " the next Kendall Yards ". From Greenstone's planned Mead Works project by the North Spokane Costco to a project in the Latah Valley. But, a project just now getting underway in Liberty Lake will likely be closest to that goal of the next Kendall Yards.

Although not a copy of the project by any means, Greenstone Homes, the same developer as Kendall Yards has started some commercial construction for the River District Town Center. The development is the commercial portion of the River District subdivision which has been under construction along the Spokane River on the north side of Liberty Lake for over a decade now.

The first portion began last year with the opening of a small commercial building across from Orchard Park, which already houses Sweet Annie's Ice Cream and Hello Sugar. Construction has gotten underway directly behind that building that will add a second location of Liberty Lake Children's Academy and permits also show an un-named pizza restaurant. 

Construction has also recently vertical for a building nicknamed the " River District Welcome Center " closer to where the main development will eventually be. This building is going up off of N. Harvard Rd, just north of I-90 and permits show it will house a Greenstone Homes sales center, a restaurant and at least one salon. No exact businesses in the building have been named just yet however.

Construction will also start sometime this year to the north of the Welcome Center building for a new " brew + mead " business and a winery. Information we've found indicates those two businesses will kick off a " Artisan District " where local businesses will produce a product and sell said product under the same roof.

The River District Town Center project is still early in it's development but we do expect to hear a lot more about it in the near future. What would you like to see open in this development?

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Joya Child & Family development breaks ground on new building by Gonzaga

 After years of planning and dreaming, Joya Child & Family Development, formerly known as the Spokane Guild School will soon move to their own building. A building that is much larger then their current home on W. Garland and built for their needs and the needs of the children they serve, ages birth-3.

Earlier today we joined an impressive crowd of supporters, media and others that gathered for Joya's ground breaking ceremony. They spoke about their plan to construct the building on a site in the 1000 block of N. Superior, near the corner of Superior & Desmet, just steps from the Spokane River and near Gonzaga University. Actual construction will start soon as they report the $18.5 million project is already about 60% financed and they continue to actively seek capital.

The new Joya Child & Family Development facility will be a roughly 40,500 square foot building, that's more then twice the size of their current home. The new facility will include individual treatment and therapy rooms, pediatric clinic space, group space and support offices. They plan to move into the new building in May of 2022, shortly before then end of their lease at the current space on Garland.

For more information on the project and how to give to their campaign, visit

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Crown West Realty acquires a 39 acre parcel in Spokane Valley for new 600,000 SF Barker Logistics Park project

 Even more industrial and warehouse development is coming to Spokane Valley. This is because Crown West Realty, LLC recently announced their acquisition of a 39 acre parcel of industrial land near the corner of Barker & Euclid Roads with the intent of developing a multi-building industrial park there, named the Barker Logistics Center. 

Once complete the Barker Logistics Center will offer 600,000 SF of new industrial space for multiple tenants. Crown West plans to break ground on the first building prior to the end of the year, that building will be a 120,000 SF concrete tilt up building with 36 foot ceiling height. The remainder of the project site will be marketed for build-to-suit projects up to 450,000 SF.

The Barker Logistics Park project is close to I-90 and the now under construction Amazon " non-sort " fulfillment center. Crown West themselves has a sizable portfolio in this growing section of Spokane County as they already own and manage the Spokane Business & Industrial Park (aka The Park) located to the west of the Barker Rd project. The Park has over 4.5 million SF of dock-high and grade level buildings and is one of the largest industrial complexes in the country, home to over 120 resident companies and employing more then 4500 people. 

Crown West Realty,LLC is also actively developing another industrial development called the Euclid Logistics Park on the southeastern edge of "The Park", which similar to the Barker Rd. project will one day be a collection of several large industrial buildings.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Project update- Kendall Yards


INBW Staff photo

A large addition to Kendall Yards has become quite obvious in recent weeks with construction crews hard at work on both the new " West of Jefferson " building and the Flatiron building next door. Both are to be mixed-use structures with the ground floor of each building being set aside for retail / restaurants. Four commercial units in the West of Jefferson and maybe only one in the smaller Flatiron. Baker Construction & Development is the general contractor and architectural design was done by Bernardo Wills Architects.

INBW Staff photo

West of Jefferson ( seen above ) will be a large 52,901 square foot, five story building with apartments on the upper floors. Forty-one apartments will be included with studio, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom floor plans.

INBW staff photo, building is seen in progress and not yet topped out.

The Flatiron Building ( seen above ) will be a 15,300 square foot building with the upper floors also used for apartments. Eight apartments in all, each unit will offer loft style mezzanine. 

We plan to continue watching these projects and look forward to future news about what business will occupy the new commercial spaces. Additionally, a new commercial building is also now nearing completion along Nettleton on the opposite end of Kendall Yards, there the Crepe Cafe Sisters food truck is planning to open a brick & mortar restaurant.  

Planning is also underway a couple of projects nearby Kendall Yards, including "Uprise Brewery" off of N. Ash where a old warehouse was recently demolished. The developer of the Blockhouse Life development on S. Perry is planning a similar project of sustainable apartments just a blocks west of Kendall Yards. We will watch for news on those projects as well so stay tuned!

Selkirk Pharma construction is just the start of a few new industrial projects by Airway Heights

Located along Flint Rd, just north of Spokane International Airport and near the Airway Heights / Spokane city limits will soon be several industrial projects bringing more jobs to the Inland Northwest. Here is what we will see coming this year...

Selkirk Pharma 

Furthest along is the new manufacturing facility for Selkirk Pharma, which has already gone vertical at 9110 W. Granite. Earlier reporting says this new building will be a 147,600 square foot facility for the Spokane based injectable drug manufacturing and packaging start-up.

INBW staff photos

It is estimated that once Selkirk Pharma begins operating they will employ about 300. Bouten Construction is the project's general contractor, Bernardo Wills Architects is doing the architectural work, Coffman Engineers and DCI Engineering are providing engineering services for the project.

McKinstry Fabrication Facility

In the coming weeks a new roadway and infrastructure will be build on the west side of Flint Rd and south of the existing Triumph factory. The project will add several more industrial lots and will be built in phases. 

Planned to build on some of the new space is a 67,500 square foot warehouse and fabrication facility for the Seattle based McKinstry Co. . We reached out to the company for more info but have received no comments on this project. 

Puget Sound Pipe & Supply

Project rendering provided by Fusion Architecture

Puget Sound Pipe & Supply will also build in the new construction area off of Flint Rd. . The Kent based pipe valve and fitting manufacturer and retailer will build a new 20,000 square foot building, and according to an article in the Spokane Journal of Business from last year the new facility will employ about 20.

The new facility will include both office and warehouse space and will be designed by Spokane based Fusion Architecture. When we reached out they also noted that they intend to use local contractors on their project and hope to start construction this Spring.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

INW Film Studios working on new film studio development near the Spokane International Airport


Rendering of the fully built out INW Film Studios, renderings by Cortner Architectural Company

Rendering of the completed INW Film Studios flagship building, 

Spokane is no stranger to movie and TV filming production from the iconic Benny & Joon to the recent filming of "Boon" ,a modern day Western staring Neal McDonugh which filmed in the Garland District earlier this year. But, if Spokane native Jason Farley has his way a new film studio might be built on the West Plains bringing substantially more entrainment happenings to the Inland Northwest.

Farley and supporters are in the planning phase and seeking financing / investors for INW Film Studios which will be built as early as this summer at the corner of Geiger Blvd. & Flightline Blvd. near the southern edge of the Airport's business park property. They plan to construct the facility in phases with about 40,000 square feet of offices and soundstages once fully built out. The first phase will consist of two 10,000 SF studios and a flagship building with offices to carry out the film studios everyday operations. Future phases include more studios, expanding parking, RV hookups and a small trail system through the remaining land.

Farley says there is already a backlog of people already vying for the already limited supply of soundstages in the region. The say bringing the INW Film Studios to Spokane would also have huge economic benefits to Spokane & the Inland Northwest.

A recent article about the project in the Spokane Journal of Business ( click here for that article  ) points out that existing nonstop air service Los Angeles and Orange County benefit the project as does the nearly 1,000 hotel rooms on the West Plains that are necessary to accommodate the temporary housing needed for such a business. 

A website for the business is coming soon to or find them on Facebook at . Also, stay tuned to INBW as we will be checking in on this project as it progresses.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

The Inlander's "The Great Dine Out" begins


An offering of The Great Dine Out, Beef Pho from Bardenay, 1710 Riverstone Dr. Coeur d' Alene

The Inlander's highly anticipated local restaurant event The Great Dine Out officially begins tomorrow ( Mar. 12th ) and will continue through March 27th. This is a first-time event intended to give local restaurants an extra boost and introduce new food options to diners all around the Inland Northwest. 

In the past The Inlander has presented a " Inlander Restaurant Week " event early in the year but due to COVID and regulations they now intend to host that Restaurant Week from Aug. 19th-28th 2021 and returning to Feb. 24th - Mar. 5th in 2022. This event is similar with menus consisting of signature dishes and drinks available to be ordered.

An offering of The Great Dine out, The Taco Boat from DeLeon's Taco & Bar, various locations in Spokane.

The Great Dine Out was designed to give restaurants and diners flexibility. Order take-out or curbside or choose to dine in. Each restaurant menu in the event guide will identify what services the restaurants are offering right now.  More then 160 restaurants are participating thanks to The Inlander and community minded support of 14 community-minded banks and credit unions.

An offering of The Great Dine Out, The Hot Mess Pizza from Allie's Vegan Pizzeria & Cafe 1314 S. Grand Blvd #6 in Spokane.

Menus are available online at or in the printed event guides which are available at Rosauers, Yoke's, Super 1, Albertsons, Safeway and at all of the participating restaurants. 

Commercial furniture dealer BII opens new showroom in Downtown Spokane

BII Showroom photo as provided by BII

 Commercial furniture dealer, Business Interiors of Idaho ( BII ) is expanding their regional footprint with the recent opening of a new showroom at 408 W. 3rd Ave in Downtown Spokane.

The new location offers customers commercial workspace design, space planning & visualization and ergonomic furniture specification. The new location is the company's first outside of of it's headquarters in Boise. “In our business, culture is everything, and we feel that Spokane and Boise share a spirit and culture that manifests in the attitude, work ethic, and commitment to the community of both its business and people,” says Jeff Heath, CEO at BII.“Because of the similarities, and the challenges our communities share, we believe we can bring great ideas, additional value, and a fresh take in a rapidly growing market.

 BII says they help companies create functional, comfortable and attractive work environments and customers regardless of budget or location. They are a best-in-class Haworth dealer and for more information visit their website at Https://

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Recent local real estate transactions

 It's time for another update of local real estate transactions as they we're reported to us. This is far from a complete list and is only what was sent to us.  

We always welcome more brokerages to send us transactions, press releases ,etc. . Send them direct anytime to

CW Title has leased 4000 square feet of office space in the Grapetree Village development at 2005 E. 29th in Spokane. Cory Barbieri and Ryan Oberg with Goodale & Barbieri completed the lease.

David Peterson and Bob Spooner of Goodale & Barbieri represented the landlord, and Stephen Barbieri also of G&B represented the tenant for Country Financial's lease of 4446 square feet of office space at 201 W. North River Dr. in Spokane. 

SVN Cornerstone broker Jesse Fox represented the seller and NAI Black represented the buyer in the recent sale of the Peking Palace restaurant at 11110 E. Sprague Ave in Spokane Valley. The new owners plan to continue the same great quality Chinese cuisine and catering services.

SVN Cornerstone's Guy D. Byrd and Jesse Fox represented the tenant and landlord in the lease of suite C in Spokane Valley's Gesa Center ( 509 N. Sullivan ). Talk4Less Wireless leased the space and will run a certified Cricket Wireless distribution store out of the 1437 square foot retail space.

Guy D. Byrd and Jesse Fox of SVN Cornerstone represented the landlord in the leasing of suite 101 at Spokane Valley's Springfield Business Center to Frank Lusk, president of Retirement Nationwide, Inc. . They will use the 1362 square foot space to expand their operations and access a large conference room for training and seminars.

Park Place Spokane has leased 755 square feet of space at 172 S. Division Suite C in Spokane. Colin Conway with Kiemle Hagood represented the landlord.

Flagstar Bank leased 1565 square feet of office space in The Alliant Building at 695 N. Legacy Ridge Dr #204 in Liberty Lake. Erik Nelson with Kiemle Hagood represnted the tenant.

Spokane Hearing Oral Program of Excellence ( Spokane HOPE ) leased 2700 square feet of office space at 1821 E. Sprague Ave. Suite A in Spokane. Craig Soehren with Kiemle Hagood represented the tenant.

The Revival has leased and expanded into 4750 square feet of space at 12 W. Pacific in Downtown Spokane in order to "continue service to underserved communities". Clayton McFarland of Goodale & Barbieri Company represented the owner in this transaction.

Guaranteed Rate Mortgage has leased 4144 square feet of office space in Spokane's Schade Tower at 528 E. Spokane Falls Blvd. . Stephen Barbieri represented the tenant in the lease.

West and Company Realty leased 644 square feet of office space at 225 E. 3rd Ave. in Downtown Spokane. Colin Conway of Kimele Hagood handled the transaction.

RJ Development recently purchased the 196,093 square foot site at 16512 E. Indiana Ave. in Spokane Valley. Carl Guenzel with Kimele Hagood represented the seller.

Schaff, Inc. has purchased the 6700 square foot building at 1015 N. Division in Spokane. Steve McIntosh with Kimele Hagood represented the seller.

Hargrave Properties Group purchased 5 acres of industrial land on Hargrave Ave. in Post Falls' Bighorn Industrial Park. The owner is in the internet fulfillment business and is currently building a warehouse nearby, this land will be used for a second warehouse. Craig Hunter and Rob Kannapien with Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty represented the seller, Rachel Moore also of CBSR represented the buyer.

Telecom construction company EdgeTEK, LLC has leased  2808 square feet of office space at 3918 N Schreiber Way in Coeur d' Alene. Craig Hunter and Rob Kannapien with Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty represented both sides of the transaction.

Auction Depot leased 7600 square feet of office / warehouse space at 6055 N. Government Way in Coeur d' Alene. Craig Hunter and Rob Kannapien with Coldwell Banker Schniedmiller Realty represented both sides of the transaction.

Six One Media , a non profit media firm leased 3600 square feet of office / warehouse space at 11350 N. Government Way in Hayden. Craig Hunter and Rob Kannapien with Coldwell Banker Schniedmiller Realty represented both sides of the transaction.

Horizons Unlimited, which does business as Remax has leased 1989 square feet of office space at 2145 N. Main St. in Coeur d' Alene's Village at Riverstone development. Pat Eberlin, Mary Kienbaum and Cheryl Klein with Kimele Hagood represented the landlord.

Goodson Investment Properties,LLC recently purchased 0.98 acres of land at 1280 N. Innovation Way in Post Falls. Pat Eberlin and Chad Burd with Kimele Hagood handled the transaction.


Friday, March 5, 2021

Acceleration Physical Therapy to anchor new medical office building on S. Sherman


Watch for construction to commence this Summer for a new building at corner of Sherman & Hartson in Spokane. The site is convenient with Rockwood Clinic, many medical offices and Downtown Spokane all close by . Plans call for the site to be developed with a new construction building with a 3800 square foot main floor and an optional 2000 square foot mezzanine. A surface parking lot will be added to the eastern section of the parcel with entry from Hartson.

Acceleration Physical Therapy will open a office in about 2000 square feet of the new building, the additional 1800 square feet plus the mezzanine will be leased out with the owners currently seeking a medical/dental office tenant for that space.

According the public record info the project is valued at $800,000 and the architectural design work is being done by Spokane based HDG Architecture.