Gonzaga Neighborhood Wants Walk-able Streets, Gets Nod from City Council

By Paige Browning

Residents of the Logan neighborhood next to Gonzaga got preliminary approval from the city council this week to give Hamilton street a facelift. Neighbors want a more livable, walkable community, but some city council members are concerned with how changes on Hamilton will affect plans for the North Spokane Corridor.
 
Logan stakeholders have been developing a “form-based code” since 2012, a term for codes based on physical formations like the relationship between building facades and the public realm, not just land-use types. Stakeholder Karen Byrd says that would translate to…
 
Byrd: “A residential transition area east and west of Hamilton, of higher density. Provide Hamilton corridor streetscape, and intersection improvements, including bicycle and pedestrian connections.”
 
There’s the possibility of moving Hamilton to a one-lane-in each direction street, and requiring buildings be built up to the street. The latter is why Logan is opposed to a new fast food drive-thru under construction.
 
A resolution passed by a 4-3 vote, but Mike Allen voted no because of traffic concerns.
 
Allen: “I probably wouldn’t have as big an issue with this… we’re going to take it down to one.”
 
Eventually, the Logan stakeholders will ask the city council to approve new codes.
 
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