Spokane Journal of Business

Spokane Housing Ventures lands funding for two projects

$3M duplex project eyed at northeast Spokane site

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Spokane Housing Ventures has secured partial funding to develop five duplex structures in northeast Spokane for homeless veterans and to acquire senior housing in Central Washington.

Dave Roberts, senior developer at Spokane Housing Ventures, says the organization was awarded $400,000 in December to build a 10-unit complex of five duplexes on the 6200 block of north Lacey Street that will house homeless veterans.

The duplexes are planned to be adjacent to another SHV proposed project, Jayne Auld Manor, a 48-unit low income and family complex at 2830 E. Francis. The organization is scheduled to break ground there this spring.

Roberts says additional funding will be needed to complete the new 10-unit project, which he estimates will cost a total of about $3 million.

“Public resource funding for these projects is highly competitive and it takes some time for those applications to be processed and awarded,” he says. “If we’re successful in obtaining enough funding, we’d hope to begin construction sometime in early 2020.”

Roberts adds that before construction can begin, two single-family homes currently at the site will need to be relocated or demolished.

“We’ll be looking into what the most feasible and cost-effective options are for those dwellings,” he says. “We’d like to be able to relocate them to vacant lots within the Hillyard area as we know there is still a big need for housing here.”

Although the project has yet to be designed, Roberts says SHV hopes to create a plan that would complement the design created for the nearby Jayne Auld Manor project. 

For that reason, he says, SHV likely will hire ZBA Architecture, of Spokane, which designed the Jayne Auld project, to design the duplex development.

In addition to funding for the five-duplex structures here, Roberts says SHV was awarded $480,000 to acquire Sunnyside Manor II, in Sunnyside, Wash.

The 12-unit, one- and two-bedroom apartment complex for seniors will be added to Sunnyside Manor I, a 24-unit senior complex that SHV also owns.

“Sunnyside Manor II is immediately adjacent to our Sunnyside Manor I complex, and the seller was happy to help us seek funding to purchase it,” says Roberts. “With that purchase, we can continue the preservation of affordable senior housing in the Sunnyside community.”

Founded in 1992, Spokane-based SHV is a nonprofit dedicated to providing safe, affordable housing to individuals and families with low incomes or special housing needs. The organization currently owns 36 properties in 10 counties inWashington state.

LeAnn Bjerken
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Reporter LeAnn Bjerken covers health care at the Journal of Business. A Minnesota native and cat lover, she enjoys beachside vacations and writing poetry. LeAnn has worked for the Journal since 2015.

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