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Downtown office-tower project is pushed back

The construction of a planned $50 million, 19-story office tower in downtown Spokane has been delayed due to a lack of tenants and now probably wont start until at least next year, a project spokesman says.The spokesman, Larry Soehren, vice of...

Sounds mad, but science is fun

At childrens birthday parties, Rick Turner sometimes asks an unsuspecting dad or grandfather for a $20 bill.He then dips the currency in rubbing alcohol and puts a match to it. As flames engulf the bill, kids laugh and grown-ups gasp. After...

Worthys to expand office park

Spokane developers Walt and Karen Worthy wont be slowing down much once they finish a lavish restoration of the Davenport Hotel this spring. Walt Worthy says the couple plans to begin construction this summer on another big office building and at...

Fowler returns to franchising

W. Berry Fowler didnt leave the franchising world for long.Two years ago, the Spokane entrepreneur, who earlier had founded such franchising giants as Sylvan Learning Centers and Little Gym International Inc., set out to build a corporate of A...

Health plan rates: no relief

Many Spokane-area employers who had hoped for some respite this year from double-digit percentage increases in their health-care plan premiums likely are finding themselves mightily disappointed.Representatives for several of the Inland larger 7...

Three Eastern Washington power plants proposed

Power-plant developers have proposed building three big gas-fired generating plants in Eastern Washington that could produce a total of 3,350 megawatts of electricity, or enough to power the city of Seattle three times.The projects include a in...

Survey reveals diversity of recent home buyers

Half of the people who bought homes in Spokane and Kootenai counties last year had lived in the area less than two years, and about a quarter of those people moved here to be near their families, not for job-related reasons.Furthermore, while to...

Welch Comer to open office in Liberty Lake

Welch Comer & Associates Inc., a consulting civil engineering company based in Coeur dAlene, is opening a 12-person office in Liberty Lake. For its new office, the company will lease about 2,000 square feet of space in a new building at 2310...

High-rise group tweaks tower costs, eyes anchors

The development team thats pursuing a proposed $50 million-plus office tower in downtown Spokane is working to cut estimated costs enough to ensure the project is viable, and hopes to move forward with construction design this summer.Were to...

Two buildings planned in Liberty Lake area

Two companies owned partly by Spokane developer Steve Schmautz plan to develop two professional buildings in the Liberty Lake area that together are expected to cost about $3.6 million. Work is expected to get under way on both buildings by May,...

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