Spokane Journal of Business

Three new Spokane apartment project total nearly 400 units

Proposed city, West Plains housing complexes in works

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Three separate apartment complex projects with an expected total of 396 living units are in the planning stages in different neighborhoods in the Spokane area.

On the West Plains, preliminary plans with Spokane County call for a large apartment complex on 9.9 acres of land on the southwest corner of Westbow Road and Hayford Road.

Buster Heitman, a member of West Terrace Properties LLC, says the company recently purchased that land and has been through a predevelopment meeting with Spokane County for the complex.

As currently proposed, the complex would consist of 216 living units in nine apartment buildings, a recreational building, a pool and barbecue area, a clubhouse, and two ponds, he says. It would also include 355 parking stalls. 

Floor plans show some units would be two bedrooms and others would have one bedroom.

Heitman says plans are preliminary and subject to change, and no project cost has been determined yet he says.

Site plans show the buildings would cover 87,700 square feet, or two acres. 

Additionally, an aerial view map of the area provided to the county indicates four parcels totaling 5.7 acres directly south of the proposed project could be purchased as well. Heitman declines to comment on that potential transaction.

In west Spokane—following a predevelopment conference in September 2016—the city of Spokane has received a building permit application for a $10 million apartment complex at 1403 S. Assembly Road, public records show. 

The project, which will be near the Indian Canyon Golf Course, will consist of 144 units in three apartment buildings, as well as one clubhouse, records say.

City View LLC, of Spokane, is the project owner. The architect is Architecture All Forms, of Spokane, and the general contractor is listed as A&A Construction & Development Inc., also of Spokane. Representatives for those businesses couldn’t be reached for comment.

According to public records, the apartment buildings would cover 232,600 square feet of space, and the clubhouse would occupy 3,100 square feet. 

The buildings would consist of four stories and two underground levels, the application indicates.

However, according to older predevelopment notes from the city, one apartment building would be six levels, include 64,700 square feet of space, and house 40 units. A second apartment building also would have six levels but would have 48 units and occupy 77,500 square feet of space; a third would have five levels, 56 units, and cover 76,300 square feet.

The $10 million permit application follows a more than decade-long effort from A&A Construction to build an apartment complex on that site.

In 2016, the Journal reported the contracting company, with which City View LLC is affiliated, filed predevelopment documents with the city of Spokane. The estimated construction cost then was $9.6 million. Floor plans showed the complex would have three structures with four stories of apartments and one or two additional levels of underground parking. Most living units were listed as two-bedroom apartments, although others were listed as one-bedroom units, and other units were proposed to have up to four bedrooms. The complex also was planned to have 135 covered parking spaces and 103 exterior spaces.

Before 2016, the construction company had twice proposed to construct an apartment complex on that site under the name of Canyon Pointe, once in 2007 and again in 2012. 

In Spokane’s East Central neighborhood, three three-story apartment buildings are proposed on vacant land south of Fifth Avenue, preliminary plans with the city of Spokane show. 

Two of the apartment buildings and a seven-stall garage would sit on the northeast corner of Fifth Avenue and Conklin Street, and the third apartment building and a nine-stall parking garage would occupy the southwest corner. In all, 24 carport spaces would also be included in the project.

While the project appears to be one development, the east half will be under the address 950 E. Fifth, and the west portion will be addressed 920 E. Fifth.

A representative for Mercier Architecture & Planning, the project’s architect, referred the Journal to a representative for the project’s owner, who couldn’t be reached for comment.

Each apartment building would consist of 12 units and cover about 3,500 square feet of space per floor, or roughly 10,500 square feet of total space in each building, site plans indicate.

No estimated project value and no construction timeline have been listed. 

Samantha Peone
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Reporter Samantha Peone joined the Journal in 2015 as research coordinator before later transitioning into a reporter role. She covers real estate and construction.

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