New Logan neighborhood building highlights growing urban trend

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by KREM.com & Shawn Chitnis

KREM.com

Posted on October 24, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 6:06 AM

SPOKANE – Developers of a new housing unit in Spokane say it is an economic solution for business owners who want to nix their commute.

SIX on Hamilton combines office space and family living in one building. The office is downstairs at street level. The family living is upstairs.

The modern-looking building stands out in a more traditional-looking Logan neighborhood at Indiana and Hamilton.

The couple behind the project says the concept is not new, but it has not been done a lot in Spokane.

Architect Evan Verduin and his wife Shelby came up with the idea after seeing similar spaces in Seattle and San Diego.

The pair has two units completed on the Indiana side of the lot. Four more units will be added on the Hamilton side, but the Verduins are still working on financing. They hope to start construction next spring.

All six units will fit in a space originally allocated for one single-family home. The design eliminates a front lawn and backyard, but does create a roof with room to entertain friends and enjoy a complete view of the neighborhood.

"Living, working, having a 24-hour occupant creates a safer neighborhood," Verduin said.

Rent is priced between $1,000 and $1,200 a month.

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