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Betz Elementary application submitted


December 14, 2017

The Cheney School District has submitted an application for a mitigated determination of non-significance (MDNS) with the city of Cheney for construction of the Betz Elementary School expansion project. Comments on the project will be accepted at the city until Wednesday, Dec. 20.

The project involves construction of a single-story addition to the current facility at 317 N. Seventh St. The addition will include seven new classrooms and supporting features such as storage spaces, restrooms totaling approximately 7,200 square feet. It will also include additions and modifications to the building’s heating, ventilating and air conditioning along with information technology systems.

Approximately 9,000 square feet of soil at the site will be disturbed by the construction.

Part of the project involves changes in how vehicular traffic is to be routed. According to the State Environmental Protection Act (SEPA) checklist, parent drop-off will be changed to access the front of the school from Sixth Street via Ash and Seventh streets, while bus traffic will be switched to a common drive shared with Cheney High School next door at Sixth Street.

A traffic study from Morrison Maierle has been submitted to the city along with the application information.

Overall cost of the project was estimated at $3.2 million and included in the district’s $52 million capital facilities bond approved by voters in February 2017. The current construction budget has been revised to almost $3.434 million and approved by the school board at a special meeting Dec. 6.

The application can be reviewed at Cheney’s Utility Building, 112 Anderson Road. Comments may be directed to that address as well or to senior planner Brett Lucas at

John McCallum can be reached at


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