Upcoming Target creates concerns for South Hill neighborhood

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 12:49 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 26 at 5:48 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--Neighbors on Spokane’s South Hill are excited to see a new Target store open in the summer of 2014. Some are worried it may bring too many cars to the area.

The Southgate Neighborhood Council kept a close eye on plans to build a Target for years. They are not against the store opening on the South Hill but they want to make sure the neighborhood becomes a place that encourages people to walk in the area.

The Target is set to open July 27.

"I still see a lot of potential, I'm a little worried about what's going to happen to these streets initially,” said Ted Teske with the council. 

The City plans to build a traffic light on Regal and Palouse Highway. Some neighbors were curious to see what else will happen around the development.

"This is the heart of one of the bigger neighborhoods in Spokane, and I think that once you start having the development come in, you'll see the adjacent tenants of the apartments use these streets,” said Teske.

Southgate is one of almost 30 neighborhoods recognized by the City. It runs from 37th to 53rd and from Perry to Havana.

"Creating an environment that invites people to come and stay, and can balance the business needs with the community needs,” said Teske.

The neighborhood council’s chair wanted to see parking right off the street and more features that make it easier for people to walk around the development. He said his group’s goal is for the neighborhood to look like the Perry and Garland districts.

"That's what this should end up looking like, we should really slow this down and create a pedestrian scaled environment that encourages people to come here,” said Teske.

Leaders with the Southgate neighborhood council said they want to see as many improvements made to the road in time for Target’s opening in July.

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