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Cheney to see more residential construction


September 7, 2017

John McCallum

Cheney's newest apartment complex, the L Street Apartments, is slated for construction this fall on First and L streets. The building proposal is for 42 units, 21 each of studio and one-bedroom apartments and is designed as middle-income housing.

Cheney's planning department has issued mitigated determination of non-significance rulings on a pair of development applications - including one for a new apartment complex.

Fern 2 Vine, LLC has submitted an application for a 42-unit apartment complex to be located on approximately one acre of land along First Street just southwest of Spokane Transit Authority's K Street Station. The complex is also bordered by L and Second streets, and is proposed to consist of 21 studio and 21 one-bedroom apartments design to provide middle income housing.

According to the application, the site is currently zoned C-2, general commercial, and is designated General Commercial in the city's comprehensive plan. A portion of the site was used as a gas station that was removed "years ago" and is currently under a voluntary cleanup with the state Department of Ecology.

The portion along Second Street used to be the location for several residential trailers that were also removed years ago, and adjacent to a small parcel currently for sale by the city of Cheney and formerly home to its maintenance shop. The firm Budinger & Associates has provided an environmental recommendation based on annual groundwater sampling for the portion of the site currently owned by the city.

All existing grass, weeds and trees will be removed. Stormwater is proposed to run into an engineered drainage swale and catch basin on the southeast.

The project will include about 49 parking spaces, and generate approximately 139 vehicle trips daily. Construction of the proposed "L Street Apartments" could begin this fall.

A public hearing is not required for the application. The public comment period expires Sept. 13.

The city has also received an application from Holt Surveying & Mapping for a modification of the existing plat/plan united development for Golden Hills Phase 4 subdivision. The modification proposes subdividing two large existing lots with separate ownership zoned R-1 and R-2 - single-family and two-family residential - in to 43 single-family and 23 two-family residential lots.

Both will be served by existing public streets and utilities, and are located to the north of the existing subdivision, bordered by Washington Street on the west and Mike McKeehan Way on the north. Proposed structures would be no more than two stories tall, 35 feet, and could generate approximately 632 daily vehicle trips upon full build out.

The site is hilly, with maximum slopes running approximately 15-30 percent, and would be roughly 25 percent covered by impervious surfaces once fully constructed. The initial phase is planned for completion in summer of 2018, with subsequent phases following "as dictated by the housing market."

A public hearing is required for the Golden Hills Phase 4 modification, and will take place Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. at Cheney's City Hall. Public comments must be submitted to the planning department by Sept. 25.

Neither the L Street Apartment or Golden Hills Phase 4 applications requires an environmental review statement. Comments should be directed to Brett Lucas at or by mail at the Community Development Department, 112 Anderson Road, Cheney 99004.

John McCallum can be reached at


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