Spokane Journal of Business

Two new housing developments slated on West Plains

Total value of projects to be about $85 million

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More than 460 new living units--both single-family homes and rental units--with values totaling roughly $85 million are planned for the West Plains.

A 150-unit development, to be named Highland Village, is planned near the southwest corner of the Spokane County Overnight RV Park on west Sprague Avenue in Airway Heights.

The city of Airway Heights is considering using $5.5 million in capital funds for the project, which is being developed by Liberty Lake-based Greenstone Homes & Neighborhoods in partnership with the city as part of the Fairchild Air Force Base Preservation and Community Empowerment Project.

A representative of Greenstone couldn’t be reached immediately for comment.

The preservation and empowerment project is a collaborative effort between the city, Spokane County, Greater Spokane Inc., and a number of nonprofit housing developers to create affordable housing in Airway Heights to be able to move residents currently living in the flight path near the end of the main runway at Fairchild.

The Highland Village development is planned to be developed in three phases. The first phase will have 46 lots, and phase two will have 40 lots, while the final phase three will have 27 lots, according to preliminary plans.

The houses will range from single-story, one- to two-bedroom houses and two-story, two- to three-bedroom houses, along with multifamily units, according to plans on file with the city. It is unclear how many of each will be built.

Highland Village would be developed on two parcels of vacant land, totaling 20 acres, that were purchased by Spokane County for $500,000 total in 2017, according to the Spokane County Assessor’s Office records.

Plans also indicate a 33,000-square-foot public park is planned on the northern side of the development.

Directly to the east of Highland Village, on west Third Avenue in Airway Heights, Viking Construction Inc. is planning an estimated $10.5 million addition to the over $80 million single-family home development currently underway called Traditions, says Scott Krajack, land development director of Viking. The addition, dubbed Traditions West, will add 38 units, for a total of 288 single-family homes planned for the development.

The new phase will be the ninth at Traditions, says Krajack. The original eight-phase development is roughly half complete, and construction on Traditions West won’t begin until phases five through eight are complete.

Krajack estimates construction on the entire development will be complete in 2023, as Viking currently is averaging the completion of one phase a year.

Homes will have between 1,400 square feet to 3,000 square feet of living space and will have three bedrooms and two baths, or four bedrooms and 2.5 baths, respectively.

Viking is currently working on phase four, which consists of 35 lots, Krajack says.

Viking is also building road connections throughout the development, he says, to create ease of access for tenants. Third Avenue will be expanded west of Beeman Street in the Traditions West addition, and a new street, to be called Treeline, will run through the addition in a north-south alignment.

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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