5th Avenue Initiative

Fiske and Fifth


Residents, businesses, and community leaders are engaging with the City of Spokane in a neighborhood-led effort to revitalize East 5th Avenue between Liberty Park and Thor/Freya in the East Central neighborhood. The 5th Avenue Initiative builds upon previous discussions in 2016 and 2017. This multi-faceted project reflects the diversity of East Central Spokane, and the outcome will support efforts to foster neighborhood identity and enhance quality of life for citizens and businesses along the 5th Avenue corridor.

Final 5th Avenue Community Strategy

The 5th Avenue Initiative Community Strategy is the culmination of a multi-year process of community engagement and work by the residents, businesses, and community leaders in collaboration with the City and agency partners. This strategy presents an inclusive vision with recommended actions for improvements, programming, and community building along East 5th Avenue. On March 29, 2021, the City adopted by resolution the 5th Avenue Community Strategy. It is recognized as a record of the stakeholders’ and community’s ongoing desire and effort to revitalize 5th Avenue, encourage equitable development, and create a vibrant, healthy, active, safe, and connected community for all neighborhoods, businesses, and community organizations.

Download the final 5th Avenue Community Strategy here:

Previous Activities

City Council

The City Council considered and adopted the 5th Avenue Community Strategy by resolution on March 29, 2021.

Plan Commission

The Plan Commission heard about the 5th Avenue Initiative and voted to approve recommendation for the City Council.

Draft Strategy Community Forum
February 22, 2020
10 a.m. – 12 p.m., formal presentation at 10:30 a.m.
MLK Jr. Family Outreach Center/East Central Community Center (500 S. Stone Street)

Community Forum
December 14, 2019, 10:00 am
MLK Jr. Family Outreach Center/East Central Community Center

Stakeholder Meetings:

  • Meeting 1 - November 16, 2019, 10:00 am at Carl Maxey Center
  • Meeting 2 - November 23, 2019, 10:00 am at Carl Maxey Center
  • Meeting 3 - December 5, 2019, 7:30 am at Emmanuel Family Life Center


Area businesses, nonprofits, and churches have been working to enhance 5th Avenue as a catalyst for a renewed vision in East Central. There has been much progress already, including the opening of Fresh Soul, the Carl Maxey Center, and SERA Youth Tutoring and Recreation Center. East Central Community Center's campus is expanding with more space for the Martin Luther King Jr. Family Outreach Center, Community Colleges of Spokane's Head Start program and with building the CHAS Dental Health Clinic. The East Central Library will be rebuilt in Liberty Park with nearly double the space and will feature a Children's Zone programming space. Additionally, the City assisted the neighborhood by investing in sidewalk improvements and planting new street trees along 5th Avenue, and looks to continue to support revitalization efforts through this initiative.

Related Documents


Contact Information

Maren Murphy, AICP
Associate Planner