KREM incites NIMBYs over Browne’s Addition project; everyone else yawns

Yes, the loss of two arguably-historic homes is sad, but let's not turn to hyperbole. The replacement will also add something to the historic Browne's Addition neighborhood. (PHOTO: Fusion Architecture)

Yes, the loss of two arguably-historic homes is sad, but let’s not turn to hyperbole. The replacement will also add something to the historic Browne’s Addition neighborhood. (PHOTO: Fusion Architecture)

Okay, so the loss of two arguably-historic homes is indeed tragic, and we certainly should try to preserve historic buildings wherever possible. But we can’t help but feel that the hyperbole surrounding this project on KREM and other pages would be better directed at helping building owners discover the benefits of historic registration, or some similar pursuit. Because let’s face it: the homes’ replacement will certainly add something to the Browne’s Addition neighborhood as well. And let’s not forget that similarly-aged homes are frequently torn down elsewhere in North America due to their relatively young age.

Specifically, the “Browne’s Addition Apartments” (we’re really getting creative project names here) will add 21 new apartment units at 2335 W 3rd Ave in Spokane. The building will feature underground parking and, evidently, balconies for added space outdoors. We certainly won’t say that the architecture is particularly distinctive or noteworthy, but it is something new for the neighborhood, and a certain level of variety in housing options can only be a good thing. Let’s just hope that the next project is more of an extensive remodel than a total tear-down.

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4 thoughts on “KREM incites NIMBYs over Browne’s Addition project; everyone else yawns

  1. There is zero hyperbole in “the hyperbole” link. I don’t think losing two idiosyncratic buildings with historic footprints and grounds for a thoughtless stripmall monolith is a gain for any community.

  2. I’m not sure I see the hyperbole here either. Brown’s Addition is a unique place, in large part because of the historic buildings and landscapes that make up the context of this neighborhood. When we destroy those key place-making features, and replace them with generic, anywhere-USA architecture, we are slowing chipping away at what makes this neighborhood special. Sometimes historic buildings need to be removed to make way for new uses, but in those cases we need to be more particular about what we choose to replace them with.

  3. If you want to maintain the unique characteristics of BA, then you need neighborhood specific design standards (not guidelines). Otherwise you will simply be just another NIMBY. You can’t force a property owner to put their home on the registry, but you can make a difference with what is built in its place when the home is torn down for something new.

  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, Moon Shadows Drums 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!

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