Kendall Yards Progress

I saw in the Spokesman today that Greenstone Corp. has purchased the Kendall Yards property. I hadn’t realize the previous developer was targeting an average housing price of $400,000-$500,000. With prices that high it’s no wonder that project went nowhere. Greenstone is aiming for the $175,000 to $250,000 range and I think that’s probably much more doable for Spokane.

Future housing development aside the best piece of news to me about the project was this:

Another major change to the project will be park planning. Greenstone will ask the city of Spokane to abandon Ohio Avenue so the Centennial Trail corridor can be turned into a greenway park open to bicyclists and walkers, akin to Riverfront Park.

Ohio St is one of my favorite scenic routes to ride within Spokane since I discovered it a few years ago. Its views of the river, Peaceful Valley, and Downtown Spokane are great and car traffic along it is minimal. The only issue I can foresee with the proposed change to Ohio would be accommodating the 5 or so homes along it south side and the several homes down below on Falls Ave. If they can maintain access for those folks while improving the rest of the way for pedestrians and cyclists this will be a huge win for everyone in Spokane. Hopefully Greenstone and the City of Spokane can make this part of the project an early priority.