South University District Sub-Area Planning


South University District area

The South University District area, within the East Central Neighborhood Council boundary, is experiencing new growth and investment, and emerging as a true “gateway,” with close access to many of the fastest-changing parts of Spokane:

  • Just east of the Downtown core
  • Just south of the University District campuses of Gonzaga, WSU, and EWU
  • Just north of the concentration of medical services and hospitals on the lower South Hill
  • Just west of the Sprague Union district

Public and private projects to revitalize the University District have been underway for more than a decade and the recent opening of the University District Gateway Bridge marks the beginning of a new chapter for the district, particularly the area south of the bridge landing. The upcoming Catalyst Building, with 150,000 square feet of research and classroom space, the investment by the City and University District Public Development Authority in Sprague Phase II streetscape improvements, additional service by Spokane Transit Authority, additional planned connections to regional trail systems such as the Ben Burr Trail and the Centennial Trail, and the potential for several more public and private development projects in the vicinity of the south bridge landing are making the South University District a destination in its own right.

Growth of the student enrollment and research activities at adjacent university campuses and increased demand for centrally located places to live, work, and play should drive additional growth over the longer term. Taking place amidst these investments, subarea planning for the South University District provides a timely opportunity to ensure that development and redevelopment occurs within the district as envisioned by key stakeholders and the community at large. In particular, this planning process will make sure that development regulations in the subarea align with goals for increased housing and innovation sector employment, while allowing for the continued growth of the legacy businesses that have anchored the district over the years.


Planning for the South University District subarea will be a coordinated community effort of City staff, local stakeholders, key public representatives, and technical staff from partner agencies. A continuous public engagement strategy will be key to the planning process.

An online survey is now available and survey responses will be used to help inform the vision for the area and guide the planning process. Keep an eye out for additional updates in July, including a postcard mailing to all property owners, taxpayers, and occupants in the subarea and the opportunity to participate in a community design workshop.

Related Documents

A few of the key previous plans that have focused on the South University District:

  • East Sprague
  • South University District area by the Gateway Bridge

Contact Information

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information or with questions. Our dedicated South University District subarea planning staff are listed below.

Christopher Green
Assistant Planner, Neighborhood & Planning Services

Danielle Olson
Planning Assistant, Neighborhood & Planning Services

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