"It's kind of like preparing to swim the English Channel. We've planned and we've prepared, but today we're jumping in, and now we have to swim this mother."
Marshall Chesrown on what starting the construction phase of a project the size of Kendall Yards is like.
Yesterday the formal ground breaking for Kendall Yards took place and if you missed it, you missed a good one. Hundreds of people braved crossing Monroe Street at Ide Avenue and gathered around the massive white tent. Outside, renderings of the development, including some new views of the Phase 1 portion of the project (Monroe to Maple).
Inside, the tent was packed with pretty much every dignitary from the region. A Jimmy Buffet tribute band played in the background while some guests took advantage of the ample portions of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream being served. The Holme's Elementary children's chorus, numerous speeches, and the required golden shovels/hardhats were all present. The chorus' opened with a great version of "Downtown" that would have made Burt Bacharach proud.
Developer Marshall Chesrown gave a very good speech (which you can listen to in three parts below). We can expect that by late 2008 or early 2009, if all goes well, businesses will be open and people will be living in Phase 1 (Maple to Monroe). When complete Phase One will result in approximately 1200 permanent jobs.
We feel pretty certain that if Kendall Yards accomplishes anything, it will be to take Spokane down a path where quality urban design is elevated and greatly appreciated. Something by which all future projects will be measured. Enjoy your weekend. They start moving dirt on Monday.
Marshall Chesrown - Part 1- 4:01
Marshall Chesrown - Part 2 - 3:45
Marshall Chesrown - Part 3 - 3:44