Centennial Properties breaks ground on warehouse project in Spokane Valley

Centennial Properties Inc. is starting work on the first of three planned, 60,000-square-foot manufacturing warehouses on 18 acres of undeveloped commercial land in Spokane Valley, says Doug Yost, director of real estate for Centennial.

The city of Spokane Valley has issued the building permit for the first structure, dubbed building A, and permits for buildings B and C were under review as of last week.

The project is located at 19223 E. Euclid, south of the Union Pacific Railroad and east of the Kaiser Aluminum manufacturing facility.

Building A is scheduled to be completed in December, says Yost, but the company hasn’t established a timeline for construction of the other two buildings yet. The construction value for each building is estimated at $4 million, building permit information shows.

The warehouses will have a mix of office and manufacturing space and will be built using the concrete tilt-up construction method, according to the permits, meaning large, concrete panels will be cast onsite and then raised into position using a crane.

Yost says one of the facilities is to be the new home to the Spokesman-Review printing press, which is expected to relocate from its downtown location at 1 N. Monroe by early next spring. The Spokesman-Review is a subsidiary of the Cowles Co., as are Centennial Properties and the Journal of Business.

Baker Construction & Development Inc., of Spokane, is the contractor on the Building A project, which was designed by Shane Mercier, of Mercier Architecture & Planning, also of Spokane.

Yost says it’s too early in the process to name tenants for the other planned warehouses, but the structures will be similar to Building A in that they will be geared toward manufacturing and will have office spaces.

Baker is helping with the permitting process for buildings B and C, Yost says, but Centennial hasn’t yet selected a contractor for them.

Centennial also is working with the city to install infrastructure in the roughly 152 acres it owns within the industrial area and is helping to extend Garland Avenue from Barker Road to Flora Road to provide access to its property. The company recently obtained engineering and grading permits to install utilities and sub-grade Garland Avenue along the property.

The warehouses are being built within the 840-acre northeast industrial area that the city of Spokane Valley designated as a priority development area. The city passed a planned action ordinance earlier this year to perform a traffic and environmental analysis to cut both time and cost out of developing in that area.