COEUR D'ALENE - When you don't have an interstate bisecting your downtown and your city grows enough to fill in between, the development opportunities can get interesting. Lest you think it's all condos in Couer d'Alene take a gander at Northwest Boulevard. Revamped a few years back by the Lake City Development Authority, what was primarily a boring four-lane arterial into the downtown has been greatly improved aesthetically...with cool feathers. The addition of sculptures, an extension of the Centennial trail, and gobs of attractive landscaping has made a difference to this gateway: some significant office projects have cropped up and are filling in the gaps.
The freshly minted Riverview Tower nestled 1/2 block off NW Blvd sits directly across from the Riverstone District. Four stories of office with a big, broad view of the Spokane River. Just a little further down the drag is NW Place which is being constructed in two phases. Formerly the site of Mad Mary's Restaurant, Phase I is up and will offer a retail/office mix of uses. A strong market helps but we have to think that the investment in the aesthetics of Northwest Boulevard has had a decent return.
- Riverview Tower [Main Site]