Spokane Journal of Business

Major project foreseen on Hanson’s Idaho land

Mixed-use development projected by master plan submitted to Post Falls

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Hanson Industries Inc., of Spokane, plans a mixed-use development on 113 acres of land it acquired earlier this year along Interstate 90 on the Idaho side of the Washington-Idaho border, according to a master plan submitted to the City of Post Falls planning department.

Bob Boyle, vice president of Hanson Industries, says the land uses shown in the master plan are correct, but the proportion of each type of development likely will change.

The master plan, which was prepared by J.P. Stravens/Planning Associates Inc., of Coeur dAlene, and paid for by Jacklin Land Co., of Post Falls, calls for residential development on roughly two-thirds of the land and equal amounts of light-industrial and commercial development on the remaining one-third. It projects that development will be complete on Hansons Idaho land within five to seven years. Hanson Industries also is developing more than 100 acres of interstate frontage property near the Spokane Valley Mall.

The plan calls for high-quality residential uses for the southern chunk of Hansons property, along about 4,000 feet of the north bank of the Spokane River. A section at the northwest corner of the property is designated for office or light-industrial uses, and the plan suggests thatbecause the land fronts on the interstatethe office or light-industrial property would be best suited for companies that want high visibility. The northeast section, which borders Jacklin Seed/Simplot Turf & Horticultures agricultural buildings and corporate offices and is a short distance from the Prime Outlets at Post Falls, likely will be retail space, the plan says.

The study also says the Hanson projects will proceed as services are extended to facilitate other, unrelated developments. It calls for a new interchange, which the study calls the Riverbend Interchange, west of the Pleasant View Road exit, to ease traffic congestion.

Boyle says that, as the study states, Hanson Industries plans to include residential, commercial, and light-industrial development on its land. However, he says, The plan is weighted heavily toward residential, and its not going to be that much residential when we submit our plans.

Boyle says Hanson Industries likely will submit its plans to the City of Post Falls in August.

The master plan includes projected uses and traffic studies for several hundred acres on each side of Interstate 90. The plan focuses on an area bordered by Seltice Way on the north, the Spokane River on the south, the Washington-Idaho border to the west, and Pleasant View Road to the east.

A small portion at the east end of that land is in the Post Falls city limits, but the vast majority is unincorporated Kootenai County land.

Jacklin Land paid for the master plan because it owns the bulk of the land in that area, says Pat Leffel, a project manager for the company. He cautions that the plans findings are preliminary and likely to change.

Other future projects mentioned in the master plan include a group of long-discussed retail and light-industrial developments, referred to in the document as Riverbend North Subdivisions, that are under study on 355 acres on the north side of I-90. Some businesses already are located on that land.

The plan also calls for multifamily residential, commercial, and light-industrial developments near State Line Village over the next seven to 10 years, but they likely would be built only if development in the other areas progresses as expected.

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Editor Linn Parish has worked for newspapers and magazines since 1996, with the bulk of that time being at the Journal. A Montana boy who has called Spokane home for some time now, Linn likes Northwest trails, Deep South foods, and lead changes in the ninth inning.

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