Urban infill “Hamilton Project” takes next step toward construction with SEPA application

Preliminary drawings from Spokane's permitting website indicate that the mixed-use building at 1002 N Hamilton will include streetfront retail with apartments above. (PHOTO: spokanepermits.org)

Preliminary drawings from Spokane’s permitting website indicate that the mixed-use building at 1002 N Hamilton will include streetfront retail with apartments above. (PHOTO: spokanepermits.org)

We tend not to post on Spokane Rising about projects that have not yet been announced publicly, but this one just happened to catch our eye on the City of Spokane’s Citizen Access permitting website. We noticed the “Hamilton Project,” as it is named in the permitting database, a few months ago, when developer Ferdinand CJF, LLC applied for a Pre-Development Conference (typically a first, optional step in the building process). But now the Washington State-registered LLC has applied for a SEPA Review, which indicates a level of seriousness we have not yet seen at this parcel.

The project is located at 1002 N Hamilton, which is just across the street from the parking lot for Gonzaga University’s Madonna residence hall. Mercifully, the project seems to adhere to the Hamilton Corridor Form-Based Code (PDF link) despite its location outside of the applicability area. That means that it includes a mixed-use design, a limited street setback, and parking in the rear of the facility. Project plans include 51 residential units above over 17,000 square feet of leasable streetfront retail at a cost of over $11 million. Perhaps most importantly, the project scale and architectural design seems to fit in with the surrounding area. When we first saw the renderings, we thought we were looking at Gonzaga’s Coughlin residence hall, which shares a similar brick-and-stucco construction. Either way, we can’t wait to see this project come to fruition and will continue to keep our readers updated as it passes through the plan review and building permit application process.

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS: Are you excited to see such a substantial mixed-use project on the Hamilton Corridor? Do you see the Hamilton Corridor emerging in the future as a viable neighborhood center a la Garland or North Monroe? Do you see this as a triumph for advocates of infill? Share your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter, in the comments section below, or in person. We love to hear from you.

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6 thoughts on “Urban infill “Hamilton Project” takes next step toward construction with SEPA application

  1. While it would be lovely for this to become the next Garland district, the traffic situation (both automobile and pedestrian) on Hamilton is abysmal and only seems likely to become more so over time. Perhaps there could be an increased focus on that, rather than cramming more vehicles and people into a relatively small area.

  2. Finally! I’ve been looking at how ugly that lot is. I’m really excited for med school competition to start, then we will hopefully see alot more in fill.

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  4. I soooo totally agree. I owned Spazzo’s Espresso on N12 Howard on the sidewalk level of the Rookery. There was also Big MaMu’s Burritos’, Davids Pizza, The Bliss girls clothiers, and I believe on the corner a clothier thrift store. I thought this was the beginning of something great downtown; our own little inner city Pike Street market thing. I think things have moved from the inner area to the fringes of downtown now. Anyway, your insight was on target. Nice article!

  5. cont Randall comment…Moon Shadows Drums on the other corner. I didn’t want to leave onyone out. I think he/owner is a small Radio DJ now for some local station.

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