Lumberjack Dirt: Spokane Valley is expanding into the rental business

The owner of a Spokane Valley-based tree service hopes to build two new apartment buildings near the intersection of Barker Road and East Appleway Avenue.

Benjamin Stanton, owner of Spokane Tree Pro, has begun the pre-application process for two buildings that would contain 30 apartments at 18403 E. Bow Ave., south and west of the intersection of Barker Road and Appleway.

“It has always been my dream. It’s kind of like shooting for the moon,” Stanton said.

“We rented something, but nothing this big.”

The estimated cost of the building is $4.1 million. He pointed out that the project is only in the initial phase.

“We’re hoping to start construction this year, depending on how the permitting process goes,” Stantonw said. “I’m just looking for long-term rentals. I hope one day I can give the buildings to my children.”

Stanton has operated Spokane Tree Pro for eight years, but hopes to expand with the new housing developments, he said.

A new Nom Nom is coming to Bigelow Gulch

A building permit was issued Thursday for the proposed Nom Nom grocery store at 8926 E. Bigelow Gulch Road, near the intersection with Argonne Road.

Plans call for a 24-foot tall building with 4,778 square feet of retail space. The plans also call for a fuel pump.

The estimated cost of the project was about 1.3 million dollars.

Wolfe Architectural Group is designing the building, and Baker Construction & Development Company is listed as the contractor. Idalia Guillen of Wolfe Architectural Group said she thinks construction could begin in September.

The expansion of the storage unit continues

Retired attorney Jay Rambo filed this month to begin the fourth phase of expansion at Wilbur Road Self Storage, located at 1710 N. Wilbur Road, Building H. The location is south of Interstate 90 and the Pines interchange.

Plans call for the construction of 48 storage units to add to the 240 currently built at the site, Rambo said.

“We’re hoping to start as soon as we get the permit and the ground thaws,” Rambo said.

The operating permit, with which Rambo could rent the new warehouse spaces of the third phase, was obtained last fall. The expected cost of the expansion is approximately $575,000.

“We’re new to the storage unit business,” Rambos said. “It’s been a good job for the last three or four years.”

The new addition will include larger units, including 10-by-15-foot and 10-by-30-foot spaces.

“They are our most popular units,” he said.

Planned Mead Office Buildings

Diamond Construction Co. filed an application last week to build two new multi-tenant office buildings and a parking garage at 12913 N. Raptor Lane, which is north of East Farwell Road and west of Northwood High School.

The plans envisage two, two-story buildings. One would have 20,138 square meters, and the other 27,988 square meters. The permit application also calls for a parking garage that would serve both office buildings.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $1.8 million. The project’s contractor, Tom Riley of Spokane Valley-based Diamond Rock Construction, could not be reached for comment.

The project was designed by the Bernardo Wills architectural firm of Spokane.

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