SPOKANE, Wash. – The former site of the Army Reserve Center in Spokane’s Hillyard neighborhood has remained unused and empty for years.
The City of Spokane has spent much of the year trying to change that but cannot get federal approval for any new proposals.
The Mann Center went on a list for disposal in 2005. Weeds are growing, graffiti is on the building and windows are broken.
“We have this eyesore that people are greeted with when traveling north on Market Street,” said Paul Hamilton of the Hillyard Business Association.
Last fall, city leaders said after initially supporting the idea, the Army rejected all suggestions. Business owners said it was just the latest setback in trying to keep up the site.
“They’re a poor neighbor now, it’s not a good example of what we expect as citizens for our government and our national defense,” said Peter Rayner of the Hillyard Business Association.
After more than six months of pushing the Army to take the next step, city leaders said they announced they will auction the site later in 2014.
There is plenty of interest to take over the site and make it into a new retail destination.
It may take two years before stores could open at the site. It would be more than a decade after the Army first decided to close down the building.