Jessica Fisher, Public Information Assistant, 509.625.6749
Friday, June 1, 2018 at 4:01 p.m.
Downtown Spokane is thriving. As the City plans for the future of downtown we want you to be involved every step of the way; after all it is your downtown!
The City of Spokane is planning for the future of downtown Spokane. We are updating the Downtown Plan by the end of the year. The Downtown Plan is a long-range plan updated every 10 years for the growth of Spokane’s downtown.
In the past, the Downtown Plan has yielded many exciting changes for downtown Spokane. The 2008 plan update, Fast Forward Spokane helped develop Kendall Yards into the energetic, diverse, and distinctive urban neighborhood we know today. This update also addressed the redevelopment of Riverfront Park. We are just starting to reap the rewards for this project with the opening of the new Skate Ribbon, Howard Street South Channel Bridge and Looff Carrousel building. The expansion of the Spokane Arena was included in the 2008 update. The project has given fans a better overall experience and has attracted high profile events like the recent Garth Brooks concert series.
The 2018 Downtown Plan update, Downtown Central will focus on two major topics. The first, is integrating the Central City Line into downtown planning. 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. The North Bank continues to develop into a key part of the downtown and will be the second major topic discussed in the Downtown Plan update.
Minor topics to be addressed include but are not limited to: updated catalytic development opportunities; activated alleyways; district naming and identity; integration of the ongoing Downtown Parking Study; connections to adjacent areas; and vacant office space.
Throughout the summer, there will be multiple opportunities to engage in updating the plan. Opportunities range from a Connect Downtown summer event series to an Instagram campaign launching later this month.
It’s your downtown, help us plan the future!