Jessica Fisher

Activating Existing Neighborhood Commercial Structures Open House

Jessica Fisher, Public Information Assistant, 509.625.6749

Friday, July 28, 2017 at 12:37 p.m.

Activating Existing Neighborhood Commercial Structures Open House

Spokane’s historic residential neighborhoods are full of character. Some of these neighborhoods once had thriving corner stores that have since been abandoned, converted, or rezoned and struggle with maintenance and repair. These stores are currently prevented from being restored to their former commercial activity.

Last May, the City of Spokane conducted two open houses about an initiative that would expand the area where pre-existing commercial structures in residential zones may be reused for low-impact neighborhood scale and neighborhood serving businesses. Following these open houses the City Plan Commission recommended expanding the properties eligible for this proposed Development Code text amendment to include sites citywide, not just those with frontage on arterial streets.

The City of Spokane will host another open house to invite citizens to provide input before the proposal is considered by the Spokane City Council.  The open house will be held on Thursday, August 3, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the West Central Community Center, 1603 North Belt Street. Come share your thoughts on allowing former neighborhood commercial structures being reestablished for commercial use, or change into a small multi-family building or office.

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