The Dirt: Preparing the site for Denny Yasuhara Middle School in northeast Spokane

Spokane Public Schools is making progress with plans for a new middle school in northeast Spokane.

Spokane-based construction company Bouten Construction filed with the city for permission to demolish three buildings at 1225 E. Marietta Ave. to make room for Denny Yasuhara Middle School.

The structures to be demolished include the former construction management and engineering office building of the city of Spokane, a garage and a modular office car.

When completed, Denny Yasuhara Middle School will span 140,000 square feet and include classrooms, a gym and playing fields. According to an environmental review for the project, an additional 140,000 square feet will be paved on the 16-acre site for parking, driveways, and sidewalks.

The two-story middle school will accommodate 750 students, according to the review.

MMEC Architecture from Spokane designed the school. Bouten Construction is the project contractor.

The construction work should be completed in summer 2022.

Denny Yasuhara Middle School is one of several projects approved by voters in a 2018 bond.

The $ 495.3 million district-wide plan includes the construction of three new middle schools; Replacement of three existing middle schools; Adding space for option programs in two locations; a new downtown stadium to replace Joe Albi Stadium; Security and technology updates for the school district; and building, field and playground improvements for all schools.

Conversion of the building, conversion for Recovery Cafe

Community-Minded Enterprises is converting a building south of the university district to possibly house a recovery cafe.

The nonprofit organization submitted a permit application to the city for the renovation of the 6,620 square meter building at 622 E. Second Avenue. Work includes adding new walls and floors, and reconfiguring a kitchen area.

The project contractor is the Spokane-based Craven Co. ZBA Architecture from Spokane is designing the conversion.

The permit rating is $ 60,000 as per the application.

Community-Minded Enterprises tailors programs to meet the needs of Spokane residents. It helps people who have recovered from an addiction gain access to the labor market, connects parents with childcare facilities, and helps people with disabilities and physical limitations receive practical and emotional support.

Community-Minded Enterprises founded the Recovery Cafe in 2017 to help people recover. Recovery Cafe’s programs include the provision of job opportunities with in-service training.

The Recovery Cafe is located at 214 N. Cedar St.

Apartment complex planned in Spokane Valley

A new apartment complex is being built in an area southeast of Pines Road and Interstate 90 in the Spokane Valley.

Spokane Valley’s Whipple Consulting Engineers submitted a pre-development application to the city on behalf of Skyline Homes LLC to build the complex on nearly two acres on Nora Avenue.

The four-story, 36,800 square meter complex will have 32 apartments and 64 parking spaces.

The estimated project valuation according to the application is $ 4 million.

Mercier Architecture & Planning from Spokane Valley designed the project.

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