Comment Period Open for “Palouse Trails Apartments”

There is a new 114-unit apartment complex being proposed for Southgate and the SEPA comment period is open till Wednesday, September 23rd. The Palouse Trails Apartments are designated low-income housing with all the units being available for people making 50% the local median income. It is being developed by Whitewater Creek, the same group that is developing the 360 apartment units on 55th Avenue. It is projected that this project will generate 758 new trips on Palouse Hwy. with 60% headed toward Regal Street and 40% going towards Freya Ave.

Palouse Trails - Site Plan

The SNC Land Use Committee submitted comments related to project connectivity and possible impacts to the Palouse Hwy. Crosswalk project that will connect Copper Hill and Clareview to the Target site. The developers responded to our comments by saying they will continue the 12′ wide bike/pedestrian trail that runs along the north side of the Target site for the full length of their project’s frontage. I encourage neighbors to look at the project’s SEPA application and site plan (see above) and submit their own comments to the city. Comments can be sent to John Halsey at the City of Spokane at If you have any questions, please leave a comment and we will try to address them.

Public Meeting on 37th Avenue Rehabilitation Project

We have had a long sumer or road closures here on the South Hill with portions of Freya St., Glenrose Rd., Palouse Hwy, Havana St., and Ray St. all being closed at one time or another. It looks like we will get our share next year as well.

The city has announced and Open House and public meeting next week to discuss the repaving of 37th Avenue from Regal St. to Custer St. The meeting will be Thursday, September 10th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Multi-purpose room of Chase Middle School.

The work next year will resurface the roadway and add in-fill sidewalks along 37th where they are missing.  At the same time the city will be working on improving storm water drainage from Hazel’s Creek to their facility at Rebecca St. and 37th Ave. with some work on Freya Street.

You can also read a copy of the letter to property owners along 37th for more information.

I hope we’ll see you there to learn about the newest improvement to our neighborhood.


FREE Extra Curbside Garbage Pickup May 29th

Southgate residents should have received a postcard this week announcing the first of two annual extra curbside garbage pickups organized by the Southgate Neighborhood Council and Spokane’s Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS). The extra pickup is happening on Friday, May 29th.

Each year ONS allocates money to each neighborhood for neighborhood cleanup activities and this is the second year that Southgate residents have decided to do a pair of extra curbside pickups as opposed to handing out dump passes.

From the postcard, “City garbage trucks will begin collecting the waste at 7:00am and will only pick up trash at the curb (no alley pickup), single family residential waste only. Everything must be to the curb by 7:00am.”

The postcard further explains the rules…

You may put out the following items: Up to three trash cans/bags/boxes or bundles weighing no more than 85 pounds each. Acceptable items include:

  • Household Trash – Broken toys, housewares, clothing
  • Small Appliances – Microwave, toasters, coffee pots, etc.
  • Small Furniture – Size one person can carry
  • Tires – Two maximum per household

Do Not Put Out:

  • Hazardous Waste – Oil, paint, batteries, pesticides, or chemicals
  • Clean Green – Grass clippings, branches, tree stumps, or sod
  • Large Appliances – water heaters, tubs, sinks, stoves, washers, or dryers, etc.

If you have any questions please contact Jackie Caro at the City of Spokane Office of Neighborhood Services at or 509-625-6733