Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Ethan Stowell's Tavolata coming to Downtown Spokane

 Seattle based restaurateur Ethan Stowell has announced today that he plans to open a location of his Tavolata restaurant, a popular modern Italian eatery, in Spokane. Stowell says " When the opportunity arose for us to cross the mountains and create an amazing restaurant in such an amazing place, we jumped at it " 

Tavolata will be the anchor tenant of the historic and recently renovated OCH Building at the corner of N. Wall St and Spokane Falls Blvd. in Downtown Spokane. The restaurant will occupy a 5,000 square foot space that had been vacant but was at one time an Olive Garden restaurant. Tenant improvements are underway and the new Tavolata is set to open in early 2021.

Chris Bell along with Jon Jefferies of NAI Black represented the landlord in the transaction. They also acknowledge they have multiple deals at the OCH Building that they plan to announce in the coming weeks. " Now that the building has been fully renovated and updated we are seeing an increase in lease activity " said Jon Jefferies. 

The new restaurant will have a prime location across from Riverfront Park and the Numerica Skate Ribbon. It will feature seating for 172 guests between the main dining room, lounge area, bar counter and bar. As well as offering two private dining rooms and a seasonal patio with a additional seating for 30. 

Additionally, but not mentioned in today's announcement is a place called " Tavolata Mini " which recently popped up on a permit for a tenant improvement at the Wonder Building, a few blocks north of this site. We're keeping an eye out for news on that.

For more information on Eathan Stowell Restaurants, visit their website  http://ethanstowellrestaurants.com

Monday, September 21, 2020

New buildings going up in the Kendall Yards Business District

West of Jefferson rendering courtesy of Baker Construction & Development, Inc.

 New development is getting underway in the Kendall Yards Business District, along W. Summit Pkwy and north of Downtown Spokane. Two new mixed use buildings are planned along the north side of Summit in-between the My Fresh Basket grocery store and the existing buildings of Kendall Yards.

Baker Construction & Development, Inc. of Spokane will be the general contractor for both buildings, the first of which is currently being called West of Jefferson and would be directly next to the existing business district buildings. This building will be a five story structure with commercial on the ground floor and apartments on the upper floors. 

The plans for the West of Jefferson building call for four retail spaces, a restaurant space on the lower level and a total of 41 apartments above. The residential space will be made up of eight studios, thirteen one-bedroom and twenty two-bedroom units with a completion date for the entire building being planned by the end of 2021.

          Flatiron building renderings courtesy of Baker Construction & Development, Inc.

Just east of this new building will soon be another new building. This will be a unique looking " Flatiron " style building, construction will start later and given this there is not a completion date just yet for the Flatiron building. However once constructed it will offer ground floor retail space and 8 units of residential above, each of the residential units will have a loft mezzanine. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Extensive renovations wrap up for a hotel on the Division St. Hill


A fresh new look is in place after an extensive renovation of a highly visible hotel at the base of the Division Street Hill. The hotel, which is located at 3033 N. Division St, originally opened as a Best Western but has aligned with budget brands most recently.

The current owner, Sapphire Hospitality, acquired the hotel in 2008. All together they own several other properties around the Pacific NW and boast about 500 total rooms now in their portfolio. This hotel in Spokane offers 61 rooms on three floors.

The renovations are wrapping up and the hotel will end up being re-branded with Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham and it is clean modern lodging option nearby Downtown, the University District and much of Spokane. The hotel now offers a fitness center, business center, guest laundry, indoor pool, hot breakfast, a market place and 50" TV's in each room.

For more info and to place room reservations for the new Days Inn & Suites By Wyndham Spokane, visit the hotels page on http://www.wyndhamhotels.com

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Work to start soon for Boxcar Apartments, a modern seven story apartment building planned in the University District

                                          Renderings are provided courtesy of Project^ , thank you.

Construction is set to begin as soon as early October for a new seven story apartment building coming east of Downtown Spokane in the University District neighborhood. The large building will rise on a vacant lot located at 15 N. Grant, just a short distance west of the new University Gateway Bridge's south landing.

Plans call for a mixed use building that will be primarily residential with 136 units consisting of studios , one and two bedroom apartments. The project will offer a lobby, fitness room, sauna, outdoor deck, dog wash, secured bike room, garden and package concierge. Covered parking and a café space will also be included and they are targeting to achieve LEED Silver status.

The Boxcar Apartment project is being developed by Project^ , a Portland based developer who has an impressive portfolio of projects in Oregon and California, this will be the companies first development in the Spokane market. TVA Architects of Portland designed the project and Spokane based Bouten Construction will be the general contractor with the development set to be complete in 2021.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Construction underway for Spokane's first cohousing community

 After 4 plus years of planning and selling, construction is now well underway for Haystack Heights Cohousing, which will be the first cohousing development to be built in Spokane. 

                                      Photos are courtesy of Haystack Height Cohousing

Cohousing is a form of neighborhood development that has grown over the past 30 years and now with over 165 communities nationwide. In the concept residents reside in their own private living spaces but share a common centrally located club house for shared meals and activities. 

The project here in Spokane is being developed by The Perry Group,LLC with 32 private townhomes and flats plus 7 existing units in buildings that are already at the site. The project sits on three acres of land just southeast of the corner of Hartson Ave and Garfield St, in the South Perry Neighborhood. Homes range from 650 square foot single level flats to 1470 square foot two story townhomes. All homes had been reserved by future resident members by Valentine's of the year before construction began and now the community maintains a waiting list of potential buyers.

The common house construction will begin soon with 3,200 square feet of space that will include a kitchen, lounge, laundry, 2 guest rooms, a kid's playroom, a bike garage and gardens. Construction on the entire project is to be complete during the winter of 2021 with construction financed by Numerica Credit Union and work being done by Yost Gallager Construction,LLC of Spokane.

For more information on Haystack Heights Cohousing, visit their website at http://www.spokanecohousing.com 

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Hang 10 Hawaiian BBQ opens near Sacred Heart

 Please join us is saying Aloha to one of Spokane's newest restaurants, Hang 10 Hawaiian BBQ. You'll find this new restaurant opening in the space next door to Press Public House at 909 S. Grand. It is also owned by the Goodwin Group which has a stake in Press and a number of popular bars & restaurants all around Spokane.

                                      Photos are courtesy of Hang 10 Hawaiian BBQ

Hang 10 is currently in soft opening as of my writing this and serving their menu out of Press only, although they plan to open in the new space next door within the next few days. They say the restaurant is a quick serve style eatery, making as much as possible from scratch, with sous vide meats, house made sauces and fresh grilled meats and veggies. 

Hang 10 BBQ describes their menu as authentic Hawaiian BBQ. They offer plate lunches, burgers, sandwiches and entrees like Loco Moco and Kalua Pork Tacos. They are open daily from 11a-9p and offer vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options in addition to some catering. For more information find them on Facebook or Instagram.

Monday, August 31, 2020

New Businesses and other news briefs!

 I have several news items waiting to be posted on the site, many I don't have a lot of info on so I figured I'd put several together into a post of " briefs ". If you'd like to know more about any of these feel free to contact me and stay tuned as I might have more on them soon-

Hello Sugar planning a location in Liberty Lake

Hello Sugar, a popular local mini donut business that started with one location in Kendall Yards is now planning a location in Liberty Lake. This will be their third location as they have another location off of Dishman-Mica Rd in Spokane Valley.

The new Liberty Lake Hello Sugar will be in the new building across from Orchard Park at 1950 N. Harvest Pkwy, next door will be Sweet Annie's Artisan Creamery who is starting their first brick & mortar location . I've reached out to Hello Sugar for an opening date / if a coffee menu will be included and are waiting to hear back now.

Spokane Comedy Club becomes Spokane Shake Company... at least for now

Events like comedy shows won't be allowed in Washington state until " phase 4 " so to get their staff back to work and making profit, the Spokane Comedy Club has gotten creative in a very awesome way.

The comedy club / bar at 315 W. Sprague has developed a restaurant menu of pizzas, hot dogs and milkshakes with milkshakes being their specialty. They have even re-named themselves the Spokane Shake Company.

They say even after the comedy shows return they will keep an expanded menu of some sort. The new menu has 30 shakes made with Tillamook Ice Cream in regular and large sizes. Boozy shakes are also available and the shakes can be made vegan.

Delivery of the Spokane Shake Company menu is also available to be delivered via Grubhub, Uber Eats, Doordash and Postmates.

Re-development coming to former Downtown Les Schwab

SVN Cornerstone advisor Taylor Gibbons represented the buyer and seller for the former Les Schwab tire and repair shop at 101 W. 2nd. Les Schwab relocated elsewhere Downtown a few months ago.

The building's new owner has big plans for the 7,530 square foot building which we will be watching for more news on in the coming weeks. Much of the building will be re-developed into a convenience store and the remainder will be used for at least a couple of retail bays to leased out to other business.

Re-development possible for former Downtown Days Inn

Not far away from the aforementioned Les Schwab is an older Days Inn motel at 128 W. Third which was recently sold to a new owner. The new owner Fortify Holdings, LLC of Beaverton,OR.  is in the early planning phase to convert the entire motel into studio apartments with an extensive renovation.

We will be watching to see if this project does come to fruition and what all will be included. The site also includes the former Taaj Indian restaurant which will also be re-developed possibly for a new restaurant operator.

Hang 10 Hawaiian BBQ opening on the Lower South Hill

An all new Hawaiian BBQ style restaurant called Hang 10 Hawaiian BBQ is opening soon next door to Press at 909 S. Grand nearby Sacred Heart Hospital. They actually are already in soft opening with the menu being available at Press.

We are still waiting to see more about this new restaurant and hope to check it out soon.

Rind and Wheat opening in Browne's Addition

Local chef Ricky Webster is open a new bakery and cheese shop in the Dormitory building at 1516 W. Riverside in Browne's Addition. Many will remember Chef Webster for appearances on Hallmark Channel and the Food Network, he is even a winner from the Hallmark Drama Christmas Cookie Matchup show

His new shop, which will be called Rind and Wheat is to open in the fall of this year

New businesses!

Dressed By Eva is a new women's clothing boutique with many unique styles, including some from Europe has opened at 2 N. Post St. in Downtown Spokane

Roundhill's Barbershop will be a historic looking full barber shop opening soon in Downtown Spokane at 429 W. First Ave, nearby the Ridpath.

Bohemian Brew is new coffee shop coming soon to Browne's Addition at 1618 W. 2nd.

And, soooo much more!

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Plans show possible " delivery station " coming to former Lowe's on N. Division, could this be another Amazon project?

INBW staff photo- the recently opened Spokane Amazon Fulfillment Center on the West Plains.

 It's a project that's still early in the process, but a large company is working on plans to convert the former Lowe's store at 6902 N. Division into a warehouse of sorts. The site has not even gone to permitting and is only up for a "Pre-Development Application" but the documents filed along with the plans indicate this could be another Amazon related project.

The Amazon name is not on the documents but the contact info is company in Seattle and it's called a " delivery station " which is the name of the smallest form of Amazon warehouse's. An Amazon operated site describes their delivery stations as buildings where customer orders are prepared for "last mile" delivery to customers.

This wouldn't be the first time recently that the massive company has announced a delivery station type warehouse after a developing a fulfillment center here in the Northwest. To our South in the Boise area Amazon is building a massive fulfillment center in Nampa and converting a 80,000 square foot warehouse near the Airport in Boise into a delivery station.

Regardless of who the company is behind the project in Spokane, it's large and seems like something that would bring new jobs to Spokane. The majority of the building ( 116,000 square feet ) would be turned into warehouse space with a lane for fleet vehicles to pull through the facility at the back, five semi truck bays would be along the front of the building. A 9,600 square foot office area would also be along the front ( southern ) half of the existing structure.

The project would also add a large surface parking area. Just south of the building is a Sportsman's Warehouse store that would remain. But, new parking for employees would be on the vacant lot just south of that store. The plans call for a total of 117 " associate " parking spaces.

The project is still being planned but I do expect it to come to fruition as the questions they ask of the city imply they want to begin construction as soon as possible, going as far as to ask if they can pay for city staff's OT to approve their plans. Another section shows the project is hoping for a Spring 2021 opening.

We will watch this project very closely as it appears this project might be big news for Spokane and might move fast so stay tuned!

Saturday, August 22, 2020

New memory care facility, The Cottages of Spokane to be built in North Spokane

Construction will begin soon for a new memory care facility called The Cottages of Spokane, which will be located in North Spokane at 6904 N. Nevada, just north of Lyons Ave.

Baker Construction & Development was awarded the construction contract to build the $6.4 million dollar project that will include 5 ground up buildings, including a 2,696 square foot single story admin building for offices, laundry and kitchen. The other four buildings will be 4,752 square foot " cottages " for resident living.

The Cottages of Spokane is a project of the Mercer Island based CarePartners and architectural work was done by CDFey Architects of Missoula,MT. The project is set to be completed during the Summer of 2021.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Work starts for Hazelwood Square project in Airway Heights

 Crews have started work on a new commercial development next door to the Village Center Cinema movie theater, along US 2 in Airway Heights. The development will be called Hazelwood Square and what is being built right now is " building one " of the project which will be a 10,790 square foot mixed retail / dental single story structure.

Renderings courtesy of Bernardo Wills Architecture, PC

The work site from the Village Center parking lot, taken by INBW staff.

Baker Construction & Development is acting as the general contractor and Bernardo Wills Architects, PC has done the architectural work for the project. Two tenants are already signed on to open in the new building once it is completed, they are MattaWoolf Family Dental and a location of The Man Shop barber shop chain.

For information on leasing at Hazelwood Square, contact Hawkins Edwards at 509-838-8500 or via their website http://www.hawkinsedwardsinc.com

Friday, August 14, 2020

Construction underway for new North 40 Outfitters in Airway Heights

 We've heard of a possible new North 40 Outfitters coming to Airway Heights for quite some time. But, it's now becoming a reality as signs are now posted and actual physical construction started on the site recently. 

Site work has been underway for a few days now and when I checked up on the project earlier in the week a concrete pumping rig was working suggesting some foundation work was underway beyond my line of sight. 

The new store will be at 9646 W. US Hwy 2 , at the intersection of US 2 and Deer Heights Rd., and technically falls just inside the city limits of Spokane . Once complete the store will be 95,000 square feet with 75,600 square feet of retail selling space and the remainder will be support space and warehouse. Young Construction Group of Hayden is the general contractor and there is no news on a opening date as of yet.

The new Airway Heights North 40 Outfitters store will be like the rest of the chain, selling farm and ranch supplies, automotive, apparel, tools, home and garden supplies and more. It will be the 3rd store in the Spokane metro and another location is located in Coeur d' Alene.

For more info on North 40 Outfitters, check http://www.north40.com

Progress check - Coast Aluminum & Architectural's new warehouse in Spokane Valley is coming together.

Construction is well underway for the large new warehouse being constructed for the Hayward,CA based Coast Aluminum & Architectural. The new building is located within Spokane Valley's Pinecroft Business Park along Pinecroft Way in-between Mirabeau Pkwy and Cherry St.. It will likely replace the company's current Spokane area location within the Spokane Business & Industrial Park.

Plans call for a 73,500 square foot warehouse with attached 3,200 square foot office space. We checked in on the project earlier this week and walls are now up on the tilt-up style building with an a significant amount of worker on site to get the building closed in soon.

We will continue to watch this and many other Spokane Valley construction projects. For more info on Coast Aluminum & Architectural, check out their website at - http://coastaluminum.com