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The Spokane County Library District is applying for a building permit for a new library across from Spokane Valley Town Hall.

Spokane-based Integrus Architecture filed for permit with the city on behalf of the Library District last week for the over 27,440 square foot library on nearly 3 acres at the northeast corner of Sprague Avenue and Herald Road , next to Balfour Park.

The library, estimated at $ 11 million, will replace the existing Spokane Valley library built in 1955 at 12004 E. Main Ave.

The new structure has been under construction for nearly a decade. The Library District purchased the 3-acre site from the city in 2013 to build a new library within five years. The district submitted a bond proposal to voters in 2013 and again in 2014, but failed to secure the 60% qualified majority needed to pass.

In 2017, the city and the library district extended their agreement for the project until 2022.

The library is part of a larger City and District Library project to expand Balfour Park by incorporating more than 5 acres of vacant city-owned land into the existing site.

The first phase of the park improvements will include site grading, addition of utilities, lighting, new parking and construction of part of the trails, landscaping and a new building that will house washrooms, a pump room for a future playground and a Spokane Valley Police field office, Spokane Valley spokesman Jeff Kleingartner said in an email.

Construction on the first phase is expected to begin in the spring, pending city council approval, Kleingartner said.

The new library is funded by a $ 2 million grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce, a loan from the Washington State Treasurer’s office, and fundraising contributions. Spokane Valley is contributing $ 1.3 million to the project, according to the city’s website.

Construction of the library is expected to begin in 2022.

Integrus Architecture designs the new library. A contractor for the project has not yet been determined.

Spokane Valley Walmart Completes Renovation

Walmart recently completed a renovation to make it easier for shoppers to navigate one of its Spokane Valley stores.

The retailer expanded its online grocery pickup area, installed new flooring and signage, and added a take-out store near its store entrance at 5025 E. Sprague Ave.

The upgrades also complement steps Walmart has taken at its U.S. stores to help protect employees and customers from COVID-19, according to the company.

“Spokane Valley customers will love how easy and convenient it is now to find their favorite products and appreciate how quickly they can navigate the store,” Walmart store manager Robert Johnson said in a statement. “Our expanded online grocery pickup room will also make it easier for associates to serve online customers in our community. “

The access church is planning a new building

Access Church plans to open a building in Lidgerwood Business Park north of Spokane.

The church has applied for a pre-development to change the use of a 19,900 square foot warehouse to a church at 6564 N. Lidgerwood St.

Site maps show a multi-purpose hall, a sanctuary with 400 chairs, classrooms, conference desks and storage rooms.

Spokane developer Harlan Douglass owns Lidgerwood Business Park. The Access Church is currently at 5975 N. Cedar St.