West Quadrant Tax Increment Finance District

The West Quadrant Tax Increment Finance (TIF) District is funding mechanism designed to help fund a series of public infrastructure improvements in the District. These projects have been selected in order to stimulate development in the area. Examples of public improvements the TIF can fund include:

  • Street and Road Improvements (street furniture, signage, traffic signals, sidewalks, street trees, etc.)
  • Water System Improvements
  • Sewer System Improvements
  • Park Improvements
  • Storm Water and Drainage Management System Improvements
  • Other Public Improvements (PDF 188 KB)

What is a Tax Increment Finance District?

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is a funding mechanism used by local governments to finance public infrastructure and help incentivize economic development and redevelopment of blighted neighborhoods. The establishment and use of TIF is authorized under State Law – RCW 39.89 “Community Revitalization Financing Act”. Individual TIF districts (such as the West Quadrant Tax Increment District) are created by ordinance of the local jurisdiction concurrently with other regular taxing districts. The West Quadrant TIF Ordinance was adopted by the City Council on May 14, 2007.

About Us

Vision: To stimulate economic activity by investing in neighborhood improvements that activate private development and increase the fair market value of real property within the West Quadrant Increment Area (see the map below).

Mission: Invest in public infrastructure efforts to create neighborhoods that attract new businesses and revitalize neighborhoods.

Guiding Principles:

  • Conduct public participation and outreach programs to implement neighborhood public investment and encourage private development
  • Strategically plan funding matches , project partners, and incentive programs
  • Implement neighborhood public investment to be consistent with Countywide Planning Policies, the City of Spokane Comprehensive Plan, and development regulation under the Growth Management Act

Partnerships

City of Spokane
Spokane Parks Department

http://www.spokaneparks.org

Spokane County

As a major property owner and operator within the West Quadrant TIF district certain improvements to Spokane County owned properties (“County Public Improvements”) are funded in part through tax increment financing funds. Development projects are directed and constructed under the Intergovernmental Agreement between the City and the County.

WQTIF NPAC

The West Quadrant Tax Increment Financing Neighborhood Project Advisory Committee is a group meant to provide oversight and direction with respect to the financing, construction, and priority of neighborhood public improvements.

Authorized by and Date: Ordinance No. C-34032 on May 14, 2007

Mission Statement/Purpose: To assist the City of Spokane in prioritizing neighborhood public improvements in the neighborhood areas that surrounds Kendal Yards Development.

KENDALL YARDS

Kendall Yards is a planned community encompassing approximately 78 acres of land on the north bank of the Spokane River. The two areas of development include the mixed use area between Monroe and Maple Streets and the primarily residential area west of Maple Street. The Centennial Trail extends along the south boundary the entire length of the project.

Visit the Kendall Yards project page

Future Projects

The TIF describes several projects and targeted areas that can be funded by the TIF. These project areas are divided into three areas – the “Kendall Yards” public improvements, the “neighborhood public improvements,” and the “County public improvements.” For questions on the “neighborhood projects” please contact the staff contact at right.

The Neighborhood Public Improvements include the following general projects:

West Central Projects

Streetscapes, Intersection, and Infrastructure Improvements

  • On Broadway Avenue: Ash to Chestnut (4 blocks)
  • Sinto Ave., 5 blocks Chestnut to Maple
  • Maple and Ash, Broadway to Nora, 4-6 blocks
Emerson Garfield and West Central

Intersection Improvements

  • Monroe Street corridor, Cora to Boone
Riverside Neighborhood – North Bank

Streetscape and Infrastructure Improvements

  • Monroe to Central, Broadway to Mallon, 4 to 6 blocks
  • Howard to Washington N., River Bank to Dean, 2 blocks
Riverside Neighborhood – Bridge Avenue

Infrastructure and Streetscape Improvements

  • On Bridge Avenue between Monroe to Post, 1 block
West Central and Riverside Neighborhood

Infrastructure and Streetscape Improvements

  • On Elm, Cannon, and Chestnut, 3 blocks Bridge to Dean
  • Crossover reconfiguration analysis and engineering Riverside
  • Post Street Bridge

Current Projects

The Neighborhood Project Advisory Committee recently recommended that the City Council approve funding for the following projects:

Sportsplex

The TIF would fund sewer and water infrastructure to serve the future Sportsplex Project. The City Council has not yet held a hearing on this project’s TIF funding. More details will be provided here when they are available.

Dutch Jake’s Park Update

The TIF would fund streetscape and pedestrian amenities along the eastern and northern border of Dutch Jake’s Park, as part of an overall update to the park underway by the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department. The City Council approved the use of $77,000 in TIF funds for this project on June 17, 2019.

Riverfront Park North Pedestrian Bridge

Following sudden and unexpected deterioration of the north span of the pedestrian bridge in Riverfront Park, the TIF would fund $500,000 of the emergency repairs and reconditioning of that bridge and its trails and utility connections. The City Council approved the use of the TIF funds for this project on June 17, 2019.

Completed Projects

Centennial Trail Connection

A trail connection has been made under the Monroe Street Bridge for non-motorized vehicle and pedestrian use. The Centennial Trail is an ADA accessible and Class 1 trail separated from motorized traffic connecting key areas in the Spokane area.

Centenial Trail Connection - before and after

Maps

West Quadrant Tax Increment Financing District Map

Contact Information

Kevin Freibott
Assistant Planner II
509.625.6184
kfreibott@spokanecity.org

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