April Gunderson, Project Planner, 509.625.6965
Monday, January 28, 2019 at 11:21 a.m.
Updated February 13, 2019
Planning for the North Bank officially kicked off earlier this month with consultants Community Attributes, Inc. (CAI) and MAKERS Architecture and Urban Design. The consultants, along with key staff from the City and Spokane Transit Authority, went on an extensive site tour of the North Bank to learn more about the challenges and opportunities facing the area. Stops along the way included major design elements of the Riverfront Park Redevelopment, the proposed site of the Spokane Sportsplex, and the Post Street Pedestrian and Utility Bridge. Other stops included the adaptive re-use of the historic Wonder Bread Building and the site of The Falls mixed use project.
After the site tour, the team held a kickoff meeting to discuss issues such as transportation, urban design, and outdated regulations. They also discussed the vision for the area and different strategies to guide new development while preserving river bank views. The next day, focus group interviews were held with individuals to capture the opinions of developers, neighborhoods, and residents. An important theme recognized throughout these activities was that the North Bank is identified as part of Downtown and that connectivity throughout the North Bank and to Downtown is key.
Moving forward, a vision survey has been created that will help guide the North Bank planning process. A community workshop will be held on March 6, 2019 at the Spokane Public Library Downtown Branch in Meeting Room 1A from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Visit the North Bank project page for more information!