Spokane ordinance would get rid of required parking for businesses

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by MIKE GONZALEZ & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 17 at 11:40 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--The City of Spokane said it was trying to encourage business investment in neighborhoods on the edge of urban blight.

A new ordinance would establish a no parking lot required zone for neighborhood businesses across Spokane.

The City hoped areas like the one off of Fifth and Fiske can go from almost vacant to extremely vibrant.

The new ordinance would transform more neighborhoods in Spokane into places like the Perry District.

Ben Lukes new right away that he wanted to put his brewery in the Perry District.

“We wanted to find a place in Spokane that was neighborhood oriented that we could have the support of those around us and produce awesome beer,” said Lukes.

The City hoped to turn the area near Fifth and Fiske on the South Hill into a place more like the Perry District by waiving a requirement that new businesses there have off street parking.

“So this would remove that all together...and overlay what's called a ‘No Parking Zone’ which would then eliminate the requirement for off street parking, essentially it wouldn't require a parking lot to be associated with that business,” said Brian Coddington with the City of Spokane.

The City pointed to their success in Brownes Addition and the Perry District where businesses rely heavily on a mix of neighborhood and outside patrol support. The City loosened parking lot requpirements in both of those neighborhoods.

“That's one of the things we're trying to do is offer incentive and programs where we can replicate them in other areas of the city,” said Coddington.

The City said it hopes more businesses like the Perry Street Brewery will start popping up.

The council will begin discussions on the ordinance on March 24.

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