Buildings to rise at Spokane retail center

Spokane-based Vandervert Developments LLC says construction is expected to start soon on three buildings at the Crosspointe Plaza shopping center on the West Plains, including two fast-food restaurants and a retail strip center.

Construction of a Carl's Junior outlet there is expected to start next week and take 75 days to complete, says Tim Stulc, a project manager at Vandervert Construction Inc., which is the contractorfor the project. Vandervert Developments, Vandervert Construction, and Granite Investments LLC, which owns the Crosspointe Plaza center, all are headed by Spokane developer Dick Vandervert.

The 2,300-square-foot Carl's Junior restaurant will be located just east of a car wash that sits at the northeast corner of U.S. 2 and Hayford Road, in the shopping center, Stulc says. Beaverton, Ore.-based Leeka Architects & Planners designed the structure.

A representative at Carpinteria, Calif.-based Carl's Junior couldn't be reached for comment.

Meanwhile, construction is expected to start early next month on a 2,300-square-foot Jack in the Box restaurant, which will be adjacent to the east end of the retail strip center which is located east of the Carl's Junior site and includes tenants such as Starbucks Corp. and AmericanWest Bank, says Jason Strain, development coordinator at Vandervert Developments. Strain says that Vandervert Construction hopes to negotiate a contract with Jack in the Box to build the. structure. Kirkland, Wash.-based Freiheit & Ho Architects Inc. designed the project, he says.

A representative at San Diego, Calif.-based Jack in the Box Inc. couldn't be reached for comment. Strain says both the Carl's Junior and Jack in the Box outlets will be corporately owned.

Separately, Vandervert Construction plans to start construction by May 1 on a roughly 18,000-square-foot retail strip center that would be located just east of the Wal-Mart Stores Inc. supercenter that sits at the north end of the shopping center, Stulc says. The project, which was designed by Spokane-based Russell Page Architects, is expected to take about five months to complete, he says.

Strain says the strip center could accommodate up to 11 tenants, and that he's negotiating with a number of potential users.

Crosspointe Plaza has one remaining pad available to lease, Strain says. That site which is located east of the Carl's Junior site and west of a Taco Bell restaurant there, could accommodate a 3,000-square-foot building.