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By JOHN McCALLUM
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New apartment complex proposed in S.W. Cheney

 

December 28, 2017



Cheney’s planning department has received an application for construction of a new 85-unit apartment complex in the southwest portion of the city.

Cheney Park Apartments are proposed for construction on two parcels of land at 1026 First St., just north of Salnave Glen Apartments. The project applicant is Beacon Builders of Spokane.

Beacon is proposing construction take place in three phases, one building per phase, with work on an initial 36 units beginning in spring 2018, pending approval of the application. At full build out, it is anticipated 144 individuals would live in the complex, generating 434 total vehicle trips and 51 trips during the afternoon/evening peak period.

Per city requirements, there will be one parking stall per bed, meaning phase one would have 144 stalls. Approximately five current parking slots will be eliminated.

The land is currently zoned R-3H, high density multifamily. There are currently two unoccupied residences on the property along with two outbuildings.

According to the application, the apartments will be targeted at middle income individuals, with an assumption most of the occupants would be students at Eastern Washington University.

Heating and air conditioning will be electric as there is no natural gas available at the site due to a moratorium on paving on State Highway 904.

The site is wooded, and like Salnave Glen, will require obtaining a Forest Practices Application for their removal from the state Department of Natural Resources. The requirement for the application is contingent upon the number of trees to be removed.

“They are not quite as forested,” Cheney senior planner Brett Lucas said in an email. “DNR’s call on this.”

Beacon has submitted a State Environmental Protection Act form. It and other documentation can be viewed at the Community Development Department in the city’s Utility Building, 112 Anderson Road.

The comment period expires at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. Comments can be made online to Lucas at blucas@cityofcheney.org, by phone at 498-9240 or in person.

John McCallum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress.com.

 

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