July 14 / City consider utility-rate increases
The city of Spokane said it’s considering 2.9 percent annual increases to utility rates for a three-year period starting in 2018. The city said a typical customer’s bill would increase by $3.47 next year and similar amounts in the following two years, if the proposed rate increase is approved. The Spokane City Council is scheduled to vote on the proposal at its July 31 meeting.
July 14 / West Plains transit center work to start
Spokane Transit Authority said it will break ground this week on its planned West Plains Transit Center, to be located at 10810 W. Westbow Road, just off Interstate 90 about nine miles west of downtown Spokane. The first phase of that project, which will include a Park & Ride lot with 200 parking spaces, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018.
July 13 / High-poverty neighborhoods rise here
Apartment List, the San Francisco-based apartment research company, said its analysis shows that the number of high-poverty neighborhoods in Spokane rose to 35 in 2015 from 21 in 2000. The analysis is based on data from the Joint Center on Housing Studies at Harvard University.
July 12 / Red Lion Hotels sues Hard Rock Café
Red Lion Hotels Corp. said it has filed a lawsuit against Hard Rock Café International in federal court. The lawsuit alleges that Hard Rock copied the trade dress, or visual appearance, of Red Lion’s Hotel RL brand when Hard Rock launched a competing hotel concept, called Reverb, last month.
July 11 / Commissioners seek property-tax hike
Spokane County said its Board of County Commissioners unanimously has passed a resolution to place a property-tax increase on the Nov. 7 general-election ballot. Called a levy lid lift, the tax increase would raise the county’s regular property-tax levy by up to 25 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation for up to nine years starting in 2018. The commission said the increase would help its roads fund and provide money for other services.
July 11 / Avista launches online marketplace
Avista Corp., of Spokane, said it has launched Avista Marketplace, which is designed to assist customers in buying energy-efficient appliances, thermostats, water heaters, and related items. In addition to purchase information, the site at marketplace.myavista.com shows which products qualify for rebates from Avista.
July 10 / Public development area eyed at airport
The city of Spokane and Spokane County, along with Spokane International Airport, said they have proposed a new public development authority that’s designed to spur new manufacturing and aerospace development and create more jobs. The economic development area would include the airport and bordering property to its west, south, and east.
July 10 / GU starts work on performing arts center
Gonzaga University said it planned to start construction of the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center project on Thursday, July 13. The 57,500-square-foot, two-story building, which will be constructed at the west end of the Gonzaga campus, is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018.
July 6 / U-Haul buys former J.C. Penney building
U-Haul International Inc. said it has bought the 109,000-square-foot former University City Mall J.C. Penney Co. property, at 10412 E. Sprague, and has opened U-Haul Moving & Storage of U-City there. The company is offering truck and trailer rentals, moving supplies, and moving containers. It also plans to renovate part of the building into 835 self-storage units.
July 6 / City seeks to lessen projects’ impacts
The city of Spokane said it’s working to lessen the impact that three projects will have on the Lincoln-Monroe corridor in and around downtown in the latter part of this month and in early August. The projects include paving on Lincoln and Monroe streets, combined-sewer overflow tank work at Lincoln and Summit Boulevard, and CSO work at Spokane Falls Boulevard.