Learn About Downtown Plan at the Kendall Yards Night Market on July 25

Marlene Feist, 509.625.6505 & Julie Happy, 509.625.7773

Friday, July 20, 2018 at 10:05 a.m.

The City of Spokane is planning for the future of downtown Spokane this year with an update to Downtown Plan.

Learn about the Downtown Plan, key components of the plan, and a variety of projects planned for the core at a public outreach table adjacent to the Night Market at Kendall Yards on Wednesday, July 25, from 4-7 p.m. The table will be on the south side of Summit Boulevard to the west of Cedar. Staff from the City, Spokane Transit Authority, and the Downtown Spokane Partnership will be on hand.

Here’s a look at the topics that will be shared:

  • Downtown Central. An update to the Downtown Plan, a long-range plan updated every 10 years that plans for the growth in the City’s downtown, will be completed by the end of the year. Citizens can learn more here; background information is found at Downtown Central.
  • Parking Study. A key component to economic development and growth in downtown is parking. A parking study is helping to identify current parking conditions and create opportunities to hear from people who park downtown. Understanding business and residential parking needs supports strategies that promote community goals to create a workable plan.
  • Central City Line. Spokane Transit Authority’s Central City Line is a rapid transit route that will eventually connect Browne’s Addition to Spokane Community College by way of Downtown Spokane and the University District.
  • Post Street Bridge. A concrete bridge that preserves the historic arches on the bridge has been selected. Citizens now can provide input on how the surface of the bridge is configured to accommodate pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.
  • Area around the Post Street Bridge. The City is looking to find ways to maximize the recreational use on both sides of the Post Street Bridge, the northwest side would have more space for new recreational uses and the southeast side could have a better connection to the trail system into River Front Park. Citizens can learn about these elements and help brainstorm around how to best create a seamless experience for all users.
  • Riverside Avenue between Monroe and Division streets. Riverside is scheduled to be rebuilt over the next few years, beginning as early as 2019. Citizens can learn about options for bike facilities, on-street parking, and focus area design elements.
  • Spokane Falls Boulevard between Lincoln and Monroe. Following the completion of construction of an underground storage tank for managing overflows from combined stormwater and wastewater sewers, the City is considering changing the traffic configuration a bit in this area to accommodate pedestrians using the plaza, bicyclists, and traffic flow. Citizens can see the proposed the configuration.