Greenstone has repackaged and relaunched the official Telido Station website with a new logo (1920s interurban rail), some preliminary renderings, and a site plan. The new info is appreciated, refreshing and gives some idea as to what's next out in Liberty Lake: Lots of retail.
We just finished reading an article in the Seattle PI forwarded to us by a faithful reader. The article goes into detail on last week's ruling that the Washington State Legislature went a touch too far by passing a law treating developers as local governments when acquiring state water rights. Water rights that give them access to water taken from the ground and rivers allowing them to sidestep the tradition of use-it or lose-it rules followed by most water users.
What was most alarming to us was the following quote in the Seattle PI article:
"Geiger, of the environmental council, noted that Seattle, with 1.3
million people on its water system in the city and suburbs, is using
about 140 million gallons a day -- roughly the same as in the 1970s,
thanks to aggressive conservation measures."
"But Spokane, with a population of only about 200,000, is using far more
-- 180 million gallons a day. And Spokane still has rights to another
168 million gallons a day. That gives Spokane little incentive to
conserve, Geiger said."
When white, multi-page documents end up taped to the front door of your building it's never a good sign. When they include the words 'arrears' and 'default' and have a dollar figure such as $507,489.33 that pretty much means things are a bit troubled. The 'auction watch' clock started May 16.
Cottage housing is cool. There's no other way to put it. Even Inland Business Catalyst is writing about it. Even though cottage housing is now allowed widely throughout the city it's really nothing new. Before the Interstate system the main highways through Spokane lured weary travelers with mini-cabin motels where the whole family could rack for a night or two and be on their way. While many of these have been demo-ed over the years, a few are still around.
We stopped off at the celebration for the fund raising milestone set by for the Mobius Science Center. On his way to speak at Boise State University's Distinguished Lecture Series, William McDonough dropped by the celebration to say a few words about our center. Mostly he delivered on his message of sustainability and the current state of the environment and world economy; an abridged version of a presentation he gave at TED some time back. We could go on, but for a better understanding of his message (you'll better understand the correlation to the Mobius Science Center) watch the edited and abridged version of his TED presentation on YouTube above. It's worth it.
BROWNE'S ADDITION - It's been some time since we checked in on the Browne's Addition hole. Located next to Cabin Coffee and The Elk, the empty foundation sat idle and open for a number of years and was finally sealed up last year. Briefly an MLS listing popped up two years ago asking $1.6 million for a three story mixed use development, but that went away after a few months and little has been heard.
Fast forward to today and word is that the project is back on and will be called the Loveland Building. It'll be appropriately mixed-use likely sporting retail on the ground floor with residential up. The rendering above is from the previous MLS listing oh-so-long-ago. If true, regardless of how it looks it promises to add some commercial zest and desirable infill to the Browne's Addition nabe.
Notice something missing from the above photo? All seems quiet on the Kendall Yards front - too quiet. When we happened by the site yesterday something was amiss. What? Where? How? Now just when in the hell did they do that?
In a rather unceremonious manner a pretty significant milestone has been achieved on the site as the main Avista trunk line is no longer suspended across Monroe Street. We're going to assume they've finally buried them with the only reminder being the freakishly large power poles that now more closely resemble a limbed ponderosa.
Internal demo is underway at Pioneer Park Place the mod-looking mixed-income project on the lower South Hill. Actual construction should begin shortly as final costs and specs are firmed up. When all is said and done the project will be sportin' twenty-six condo units ranging from 600 to 1500 sqf. The top floor is reserved for approximately three to four penthouse units.
UNIVERSITY DISTRICT - Long pined after, the W.P. Fuller building finally became a Gonzaga asset last fall for $1.4 million. Prior to that it sat idle after briefly housing an awkward public/farmers market, and playing host to one detached "Ultimate Bagel" sign which taunted nearby college students for what seemed like years.
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.