Spokane Journal of Business

Massive U District complex to move forward next month

298 living units to be built along Spokane River

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The 298-unit apartment complex is to be called simply The District.

Phoenix-based Sagamore Spokane LLC is moving forward with plans to build a 298-unit apartment complex overlooking the Spokane River in Spokane’s University District, according to a press release from the development company.

Newly dubbed The District, the development was originally named the Riverbend Apartments in preliminary documents that estimated the construction value at $45 million

Located between 955 and 1185 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, just south of the Spokane River, the new apartment complex will flank the Hamilton Street James E. Keefe Bridge.

The permits for the project, which includes four apartment buildings on 13 acres of land, were approved by the city of Spokane after a prospective purchaser consent decree was reached by the Washington state Department of Ecology and the state Attorney General’s Office and was approved in a Spokane County Superior Court order, according to the press release. The decree will help to guide the redevelopment of the property that had been contaminated by past industrial uses. 

The development team intends to break ground on the first phase of the project in April, according to the release. 

Permit applications show the first phase of the project includes two apartment buildings, totaling 124 living units in just over 124,800 square feet. Each structure will be four stories high. 

Charles Dubroff, Sagamore Spokane principal, says in the release, “We are thrilled to have this project underway. Our riverside parcel presented several unique challenges and opportunities that we wanted to make sure were addressed in a way that contributed to the long-term health and growth of the University District.”

Phase one encompasses the two buildings closest to the river on the north side of the property, one on each side of the Hamilton bridge. The second phase is expected to finish out the project with two apartment buildings on the southern side of the property, site plans show.

Swinerton Builders, which has an office in Spokane, is expected to be the contractor, according to the release. Spokane-based ALSC Architects PS designed it, while Construction Management & Development Inc. has been acting as the owner representative.  

The site previously was occupied by the Spokane Manufactured Gas Plant and American Tar Co., according to information about the project on the Department of Ecology’s website. 

Lars Gilberts, CEO of the University District, says in the release, “The District is helping fulfill our mission to make the University District the preferred live, learn, work, play urban environment in the Intermountain Northwest. This also delivers on Spokane’s 50-year push to transform our railyards into a vibrant and walkable urban core along the Spokane River.”

Natasha Nellis
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Reporter Natasha Nellis joined the Journal in May 2018 and covers real estate and construction. Natasha is an avid reader and loves taking photos, traveling, and learning new languages.

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