SPOKANE VALLEY - Ahhh...East Sprague Avenue out in the Valley: Ten miles of wide-open public right-of-way flanked by some of the lowest low-rise development and some of the biggest building setbacks you'll ever see. It's the antithesis of urban in every way and if you're a pedestrian, forget it. Things may be changing however.
The past year plus has seen an intensive planning process involving property owners, business owners, and residents of Spokane Valley providing input on the future of the Sprague/Appleway Corridor. The community has come up with a draft plan that would transform the corridor as it develops over time. In the plan, Sprague Avenue would develop as a mixed-use boulevard with neighborhood centers at key intersections. Portions of Appleway would develop as a residential boulevard providing residential population and density that could support the neighborhood centers. Perhaps most significant is the development of a true city center possibly anchored by a future city hall and library. It's an exciting concept for the young city. Plans are only as good as their implementation, but if this is any sign of what's in store out in the Valley count us in.
A public forum to view and discuss the draft plan is scheduled for Thursday, February 14 at the council chambers in the Valley.
- Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan [Project Website]
- Public Hearing Draft - Sprague/Appleway Corridor Plan [27.4 Mb - pdf Document]