Spokane Journal of Business

Seattle developer plans 160-unit apartment building at Iron Bridge

Three projects valued at $31M proposed throughout Spokane

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Construction of this $25 million apartment complex could start next spring, with an anticipated summer 2024 completion.

A four-story, 160-unit multifamily building is proposed on the Iron Bridge Office Campus on the east edge of Spokane’s University District, says Jake McKinstry, principal of Spectrum Development Solutions LLC, of Seattle.

Spectrum Development, the project developer, has partnered with Seattle-based Pinnacle Partners LLC, which is providing financing for the project planned at 811 N. Iron Bridge Way, McKinstry says.

The development has an estimated construction value of $25 million, which could change as the project nears construction, he adds.

“The fact that it’s within an opportunity zone as well as a tax-exemption zone really made the economics more viable in that location,” McKinstry says.

Seattle-based Mithun Inc. is designing the project in collaboration with Spokane-based ZBA Architecture PS.

A contractor likely will be selected next month, says McKinstry, who isn’t affiliated with mechanical contractor McKinstry Co.

“We’ve been looking for almost a decade for the right opportunity in Spokane,” he says. “We’ve done a lot of workforce housing for the missing middle—health care workers, civil servants, teachers. We’ve also done a lot of student housing and felt Iron Bridge is an opportunity for us to bring our Spectrum brand of housing to students and other young professionals in the market.”

The apartments will be a mix of open studios, and one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, and the site will have vehicle and bicycle parking. A basketball half-court, fitness center, and a clubhouse also are planned as property amenities.

A preliminary site plan shows the total square footage of the building will be about 102,500, with about 25,000 square feet on each floor.

McKinstry says, “We found there’s a lot of great synergy with health care partners in terms of their need for workforce housing.”

Construction is expected to begin next spring and be completed in summer 2024.

McKinstry says the project is in alignment with Spectrum’s goal to bring affordable housing to the Spokane area.

“We hope this is the start of a lot of things we can do in Spokane to have a long-term presence and make long-term partnerships there.”

Separately, in the South Perry District, just south of the Liberty Park Aquatic Center, a 24-unit, four-story apartment complex is proposed at 1727 E. Hartson.

Whipple Consulting Engineers Inc., of Spokane Valley, has filed a pre-development conference application for the 9,200-square-foot apartment project, which has an estimated construction cost of $3 million.

Rebecca and Kenton Cox, of Spokane, bought the land in 2005 for $140,000, according to Spokane County Assessor’s records.

In the Garden Springs area, a new three-story, 32-unit apartment building is planned at 1520 S. Rustle, according to city of Spokane building permit information.

Rustle Project LLC, the company behind the $3 million apartment project, is governed by Mike Schneider and 4 Degrees Real Estate co-owner Jordan Tampien.

Trek Architecture, of Spokane, is designing the 9,000-square-foot apartment building, and Spokane Valley-based T.W. Clark Construction LLC is the contractor. The Spokane office of DCI Engineers is providing engineering services.

Erica Bullock
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Reporter Erica Bullock has worked at the Journal since 2019 and covers real estate and construction. She is a craft beer enthusiast, who loves to garden and go camping with friends.

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