A proposed development in West Spokane has some condo owners on edge

SPOKANE, Wash. — Condo owners in West Spokane are living on edge over a developer’s plan to build several homes on the steep bank below them. 

Bulldozers are already cutting into the slope, creating driveways where four houses would go. 

The condo owners at The Ridge Condominiums say a recent geology survey has them even more concerned. Specifically, about the stability of the slope.  

The City approved a grading permit at the beginning of January and bulldozers are now cutting a driveway to where the three single-story homes are planned. One developer, Asher Earnst, says there could be a fourth. 

Earnst says engineers at Liberty Geotech found the site safe to build on. However, the report did find evidence of sloughing and undocumented fill. 

Earnst says the actions of the condo owners are borderline harassment, that he’s done everything the City has asked for, and his team is following all permit requirements. 

According to Earnst, architects are in the final design process. He plans to submit building permits soon.