If It Had Happened, Part 4: Gateway Office Building

The Gateway Office Building, which would have been located near Division in Spokane's primary entry corridor. (PHOTO: Stephen Meek Architects)

The Gateway Office Building, which would have been located near Division in Spokane’s primary entry corridor. (PHOTO: Stephen Meek Architects)

Here’s a project which would have changed the face of Spokane near one of its major entry points forever. And it might have just been the most architecturally-distinctive developments in Spokane’s history. The Gateway Office Building would have been built in downtown Spokane between the East End and the University District, acting as a sort of “bridge” between those two rapidly-developing areas downtown, just as it serves as a “gateway” to our city. Hence the name.

As proposed in early 2007, otherwise known as Spokane’s development “black hole,” due to the high number of projects that were proposed but never saw the light of day, the Gateway Office Building would have featured eleven stories, with retail space on the ground floor. At 365,000 square feet, it would have been a large building with four stories and 400 total parking spots. Renderings reveal that AdvantageIQ was the proposed major tenant. AdvantageIQ later became Ecova and, somewhat regretfully, took a major position in the Rock Pointe Office Building instead of moving to this building, which, you guessed it, was scuttled due to the economic crisis.

See more renderings after the break.

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2 thoughts on “If It Had Happened, Part 4: Gateway Office Building

  1. When these projects are shelved, are they put away for good? Or is there still a possibility of construction? So many good ideas, plans and renderings have been proposed that would bring Spokane into the 21st century. There were plans for a high rise condo/apartment tower next to the Riverfalls Tower apartments on West Riverside that would be a great addition to downtown living options. With the Kendall Yards growing, it seems demand for homes near the central core are starting to rise again.

    • I am not sure. Especially with this proposal, which was oriented toward office space and for which a set address was never really identified (or at least, a set address was never really reported). It would be relatively easy to see whether a potential developer is just sitting on plans until the right time, but we’d need an address to use the Spokane County Assessor’s Office website. Another thing is that it’s been discussed that Spokane currently has a relatively high office vacancy rate, which means that these types of projects are unlikely until more offices locate downtown.

      The Spokane Journal indicated in 2011 that Mick McDowell, the original developer of the site, wanted to rescind his deal to buy the site from the City of Spokane but retain a seven-year exclusive option to buy and develop the property.
      http://www.spokanejournal.com/local-news/mcdowell-seeks-to-rescind-land-deal-hang-onto-option/

      As for the River Falls Tower and other proposals, I completely agree, and it does certainly appear that downtown housing demand is again picking up. We’ll definitely be talking a lot about this in the coming weeks!

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