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?