Developers lay out plans for new South Hill retail complex

Developers lay out plans for new South Hill retail complex

SPOKANE, Wash. - Change is once again coming to Spokane's South Hill, where an old lumber yard has been cleared to make way for new development.

In the last few years, development along Regal in south Spokane has boomed, and now developers hope a new project will bring stores new to the Spokane area.

The corner of Regal and 55th doesn't look like much now, but developers have big plans for the lot.

On Wednesday, they presented plans to the Southgate Neighborhood Council meeting. Right now, they're working to secure tenants for the site, and say they're hoping a "natural grocer" will be the anchor tenant.

While property owner Cyrus Vaughn wouldn't say who that natural grocer might be, he said they are currently talking to a company that sells a lot of organic food, and would be new to the area.

The site will be landscape to include a fountain, a boulevard entrance, and pedestrian-friendly paths throughout. They also plan to build two drive-through locations on the property.

"The idea is to give it as much flexibility, it's easy to flow into," said architect Sam Nystrom while presenting the plans on Wednesday. "It's easy to walk in and around and keep the scale down and get the kind of tenants that are going to be are long term, and the kind of tenants the community wants."

Ted Teske with the Spokane Neighborhood Council says they are excited about the project, but hope it will be pedestrian friendly to accommodate the more than 10 nearby apartment complexes. Some neighbors at the meeting were concerned about the potential increase in traffic the project would bring.

The Southgate Neighborhood Council says the developers plan to begin construction in 2016.