The Spokane Gorge is a site of spectacular beauty. Perched above it are 85 windswept acres that are slowly transforming into Kendall Yards, a former rail yard, now emerging as a strong mixed-use community that brings to Spokane what Mayor Mary Verner says is a “gift that will be an economic driver for the community.”
Creating a healthy and sustainable community required that the new development be respectful of existing surrounding neighborhoods. This includes design sensitivity, strong pedestrian and transit connections, a mix of uses, compact scale and a build-out strategy designed to encourage local re-investment.
Essential to the sense of place is the celebration of the view to downtown Spokane and the river. Ample pedestrian connections to the continuous bluff edge Centennial Trail, extensive community open space and gathering places, and a meandering connecting boulevard echo the Olmsteads’ legacy in Spokane more than a century ago.
Diversity of lifestyle is achieved by including a significant portion of accessibly priced workforce housing, housing for young families and seniors as well as high-end, high rise residential. In conceiving the plan “view equality” was achieved for all of the housing products, lessening the division between markets and connecting as many residents as possible to the grandeur of the site. Capitalizing on the proximity to downtown, the eastern section includes retail, restaurants, offices and hotels.
Kendall Yards in Spokane getting its first new housing
Daily Journal of Commerce
April 27, 2010