CdA council puzzles over piecing together mixed-use development along Spokane River

The city of Coeur d’Alene has acquired almost 5 acres of land adjacent to an ambitious, publicly owned. mixed-use development on a prime spot near downtown and on the banks of the Spokane River.

Now it has to decide what to do with it.

That decision was the subject of a lengthy presentation and discussion at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, where council members, Mayor Steve Widmyer, an engineer enlisted to help design the development and the head of the city’s urban renewal agency, ignite CDA, discussed their options.

The possibilities on the table ranged from creating a gated community on the triangular parcel to building office, hotel or apartment towers, to constructing a mix of townhomes and houses.

Council members ultimately decided to take a couple of weeks to mull over the kind of decision usually left to private developers.

As they do so, they will have to consider a

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Spokane cop suspended three weeks, loses prestigious roles after frequently accessing explicit sites on department computer

A longtime Spokane police officer who accessed hundreds of sexually explicit images using a department computer in 2019 was suspended for three weeks and relieved of duties managing a department program earlier this year.

Officer Dan Cole, who was hired by the department in 1986, was placed on paid administrative leave in January after city information technology staff reviewed his computer use in December, according to records requested by The Spokesman-Review.

His computer log showed visits to pornography and prostitution websites while on- and off-duty.

One other officer was found to have visited a prostitution website, but it appeared related to his work investigating human trafficking, according to investigative records. Computer records also showed he primarily visited the website’s homepage.

Cole, however, navigated deeper into a similar prostitution website to view specific photos and appeared to have searched the internet for explicit images, according to investigative records.

A panel of

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The Dirt: A $22 million residential, retail development could be coming to downtown Spokane

A residential and commercial development could be coming to the former Umpqua Bank site in downtown Spokane.

Seattle-based architecture and design firm GGLO filed a preliminary application with the city to potentially build the six-story, 129,000-square-foot mixed-use development on two parcels of land at 206 and 214 W. Riverside Ave.

The 214 Riverside project – to which it’s referred in the application – will have 139 one- and two-bedroom units, 63 parking spaces and 1,250 square feet of lobby and amenity space. The construction cost is an estimated $22 million, according to documents filed with the city.

The 214 Riverside project will be required to undergo an environmental review with the Washington State Department of Ecology. A water study by the city of Spokane Water Department will also be required prior to construction to ensure design standards are met and how the development would affect the city’s water system, according

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