Coldwater Creek Inc. says it has obtained a building permit to restart construction on a mothballed $9 million office building project at its campus in northwest Coeur d'Alene.
Bobbi Earle, investor relations specialist with the Sandpoint-based women's clothing retailer, says the permit is a renewal of its original permit for a four-story 100,000-square-foot structure at 745 W. Hanley, and the company hasn't decided yet when to resume work on the project.
Steve Johnson, building permit coordinator for the city of Coeur d'Alene, says, however, that the new permit will expire in six months if work doesn't resume.
The unfinished structure is just southeast of Coldwater Creek's 74,000-square-foot Coeur d'Alene call center.
Spokane-based Lydig Construction Inc. began work there in late 2007. Lydig's manager on the project couldn't be reached for comment.
ALSC Architects PS, of Spokane, designed the structure with two upper floors of office space, and two lower floors of parking, one of which is below ground. It originally was being built to house the company's information-technology operations, which currently are based in Sandpoint.
Lydig had erected the building shell when Coldwater Creek put the project on hold in May 2008, saying it had no immediate need for the office building due to continuing softness in the apparel industry. The company said then that the building would be ready for interior improvements when it decided to proceed with the project.
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