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jimthemanincda May 29, 2007 11:39 PM

Coeur d'Alene/Sandpoint/Moscow/Idaho Pacific Time Zone Development Thread
 
A thread for projects/developments in Coeur d'Alene ID

Coeur d'Alene facts:
Coeur d'Alene population in 2007---44,073
Coeur d'Alene metro population in 2007---139,558
Spokane-Coeur d'Alene combined metros---590,578

Coeur d'Alene was the 4th fastest growing metro area in the country between 1990-2000 (55.7%) and the 6th fastest growing metro area in the country between 1990-2006 (88%)

Here's a list, inspired by Boizean's Boise building list, of all buildings 7 stories and higher in Coeur d'Alene either completed, under construction, planned, or never built:

http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...a/123b5527.jpg

Here's a quick rundown of some of the projects in the area:


Parkside Tower
20 story 213 foot tower in downtown Coeur d'Alene
Will be the city's second tallest and the state's third tallest building after completion
http://www.millerstauffer.com/pj_parksidehome.htm
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...a/72ec95d3.jpg
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...a/12bf4872.jpg
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...parkside01.jpg


Riverstone Development
160 acre mixed-use development along the Spokane River
Upon completion an estimated 2,500 people will live and another 5,000 will work at Riverstone It will include 4 165' towers, a waterfront outdoor amphitheater, 2 story parking garage, 14-screen Regal Cinemas, Hampton Inn & Suites and Marriott Residence Inn, 10-acre public park which includes a six-acre man-made lake with a 60-foot spire fountain, and 4,808 feet of frontage on the Spokane River on which a waterfront public boardwalk at Bellerive
$475 million in total investment is anticipated in Riverstone West (approximately 1/2 of Riverstone---the other 1/2 is called The Village at Riverstone, so the total project will be close to $1 billion)
http://www.riverstonedistrict.com./
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...a/IMG_0256.jpg
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...a/IMG_0255.jpg
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...a/IMG_0332.jpg
The 4 Riverstone Towers are tentatively going to look like this:
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a.../cda_mud02.jpg


Kroc Community Center
$35 million community center for North Idaho provided by Joan Kroc (wife of McDonald's founder) & the Salvation Army
http://www.salvationarmycda.org/
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1...c_center02.jpg
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1...ogle_earth.jpg


Post Falls Landing
235 acre mixed use development in downtown Post Falls along the Spokane River, including a hotel, condos, and a convention center
http://www.postfallslanding.com/
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...a/09b3d98e.jpg
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1...stermap_01.jpg


609 Sherman
7 story condo building on Sherman Avenue in dowtown Coeur d'Alene
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1...liii/lofts.jpg


RiverView Tower
Across the street from the Riverstone Development
4 story office building with one floor of underground parking
The building will have 180-degree panorama views of Lake Coeur d’Alene and the Spokane River
Building completion is targeted for December 2007 (pictures of construction progress are on the website)
www.RiverViewTower.net
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...a/IMG_0262.jpg
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...a/IMG_0339.jpg
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...View_Tower.jpg


The Towers at Ridgepointe
Located adjacent to the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course in the Sanders Beach neighborhood in downtown Coeur d’Alene
There will be three 5 story buildings
http://www.ridgepointetowers.com
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...nt_Towers1.jpg
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...int_Towers.jpg
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...nt_Towers2.jpg


The Pointe at Post Falls
200-acre project, including Cablela's, 3 other large anchor stores, and 2 hotel sites totalling 800,000 square feet of retail space
A new freeway exit will be built because Cabela's expects over 2 million visitors a year, making it one of Idaho's largest tourist attractions
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...a/25a4e264.jpg


Coeur d'Alene Condominiums
5 story 74 unit condo building
$50 million construction cost
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...a/millview.jpg


Northwest Place
Two 3 story buildings
Retail on the first floor, offices on the second and third floors
First building will be ready for tenants this fall, the second building will be completed early in 2008
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...a/IMG_0273.jpg


Events/convention center
$18.5 million cost
Structures include a fieldhouse, pavilion, auditorium, and meeting rooms located at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds


Rathdrum equestrian community
$50 million development
207 acre site including single- and multi-family homes, two arenas, a race track, equestrian pool, veterinary facility, stables and other horse-friendly amenities plus commercial ventures including an RV park
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...cda/news02.jpg


Life Care Centers of America nursing facility in Post Falls
$50 million cost


50,000 seat indoor velodrome (for track cycling and speed skating)/Education and technology complex


Kootenai Medical Center-Post Falls site expansion
Includes construction of 5 additional buildings, including a 3-story parking garage, a 2-story cancer-care clinic, a patient exam building, a second medical office building, and possibly a second parking garage (4-story)


The Club at Black Rock
The first private residential golf community overlooking Lake Coeur d'Alene
650 acre residential project
375 custom home sites
Full service marina
Private golf course
www.blackrockidaho.com
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...Black_Rock.jpg


Black Rock Phase 2
Additional 1,100 acre residential project
325 acre residential project
2nd private golf course
www.blackrockidaho.com
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...ock_phase2.jpg


Bellerive
70 homes and condos along the Spokane River in the Riverstone Development, including two five story buildings
http://www.belleriveidaho.com/
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...progress_7.jpg
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...progress_4.jpg


Gozzer Ranch
20 minutes by car from downtown Cd’A (5 minutes by boat)
700 acre residential project
To include over 350 home sites and 30 waterfront condos
220-slip full service marina
Private golf course
Water service taxi into downtown Cd’A
http://www.discoverylandco.com/project_gozzerranch.html
http://www.gozzerranchclub.com/

jimthemanincda May 29, 2007 11:53 PM

Here's an article from the Spokesman Review today discussing a probable trolley running from Riverstone to downtown and other locations. The article also mentions the city's bus service. After looking at the ridership numbers, I was surprised by how many people use the bus...over 17,000 people rode CityLink in April, 2007.

The proposed trolley route:
The trolley would stop at Riverstone, the University of Idaho-Coeur d'Alene and North Idaho College. It likely would then travel to the Coeur d'Alene Resort before making stops at the new downtown library and City Hall. The trolley also would stop at the Kroc Center when it opens in 2008.


CdA trolley could connect development, downtown
Planned 3.2-mile loop called way to reduce traffic


Erica Curless
Staff writer
May 29, 2007

Coeur d'Alene may get a rubber-tired trolley this summer to haul people between the Riverstone development and downtown – a 3.2 mile loop that could decrease traffic, provide relief from skyrocketing gas prices and make the city more accessible.

"It's really important when you think about lifestyle," Riverstone developer John Stone said. "You don't have to get in the car. That's the whole purpose."

Stone, along with Black Rock Development, which is building riverfront condos in the Riverstone project, also thinks it's crucial for the mix of shops, office space, restaurants and residences to have a strong connection to downtown.

Trolleys are used in Bend, Ore., to connect a similar mixed-used development known as the Old Mill District that's not quite in the downtown corridor.

"They coexist and it's very healthy for both," Stone said.

Developers are talking with other businesses, the Coeur d'Alene Downtown Association and Coeur d'Alene Tribe, which is a partner in the free CityLink bus system, to figure out potential funding.

The plan is to start with one trolley, likely costing about $200,000, and establish a route using Northwest Boulevard and Mullan Avenue until an off-road trail system is established using the railroad right-of-way that runs parallel to Northwest Boulevard.

The trolley would stop at Riverstone, the University of Idaho-Coeur d'Alene and North Idaho College.

It likely would then travel to the Coeur d'Alene Resort before making stops at the new downtown library and City Hall.

The trolley also would stop at the Kroc Center when it opens in 2008.

The trolley would give children more access to the new community center, and provide transportation options for the poor.

"It's a modest way of mass transit," said Roger Nelson, of Black Rock Development. "I like it personally because it's not pie in the sky and is much more doable from an economic standpoint."

City Attorney Mike Gridley said the trolley isn't a top priority for the city, but it's a great vision with lots of potential.

He's glad the developers are taking the lead.

"If it evolves, and in two years from now when traffic is bumper-to-bumper on Northwest Boulevard, then maybe the city can partner," Gridley said.

"It's an idea that makes sense."

Eventually, when Coeur d'Alene's population warrants it and city streets are clogged with traffic, the developers would like to see some sort of light-rail system.

But that's at least a generation off and much too expensive for many people to take seriously.

Stone recently worked with Washington State University architecture students who did a class project on a light-rail model for Coeur d'Alene.

He said the students knew little about actual costs for the project and the projections "scared everybody" who heard the presentation.

It's the idea – and the conversation it sparks – that is important to Stone, not a theoretical plan.

For now, Stone said, he'll start looking for a rubber-tire trolley to buy and hash out the funding.

He hopes the trolley can make its first run within 60 to 90 days.

"It's worthy of a try this summer to see how it works and refine it from there," Stone said. "Downtown wants it and we want it."

IFguy May 30, 2007 12:13 PM

WOW! All those projects except the Terraces look very nice and will fit in very nice with every other new development in CDA.

Nice work Jim, keep it coming.

jimthemanincda May 30, 2007 5:02 PM

Thanks IFGuy. I'll post info on other projects as well.

I don't mind the Terraces. They are built by Duane Hagadone, who built the Cd'A Resort, Lake Tower Apartments (10 stories), Cd'A North Condos (9 stories), and Cd'A Resort Golf Course (with the floating green) among other things. His buildings are always first class. The views of Lake Cd'A and of the Cd'A Resort Golf Course will be spectacular. I was surprised, though, by how close the Terraces are to the road. I'm sure the crappy pictures of the project which I took in January don't do it justice. I'll be sure and take some new ones next month.

Cottonwood May 30, 2007 5:56 PM

Thanks for updating us with CD'A developments. It is such a beautiful city and area too. I have seen some updates in the NW forum, but those snooty
( for the life of me I cannot figure out why they are so stuck up)
seattle and portland forumers forget there is a world east of the Cascades.
Keep the updates here since most of the Idaho forumers are in the Mountain West forum.

eastidaho May 30, 2007 7:38 PM

:iagree:

Digging through a lot of WA comments to find out anything on CDA was getting old, and when I say old, I don't mean as old as Mr. Boisean apparently is.....but pretty damn old. :shuffle:



Thank you, I love Project Threads that start out with a concise list. :worship:

Cottonwood May 30, 2007 9:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by eastidaho (Post 2867647)
:iagree:

Digging through a lot of WA comments to find out anything on CDA was getting old, and when I say old, I don't mean as old as Mr. Boisean apparently is.....but pretty damn old. :shuffle:



Thank you, I love Project Threads that start out with a concise list. :worship:


It was annoying especially because the Spokane forumers seem to ignore Coeur d' Alene or are just not interested. The funny thing about it all is that we always hear that Spokane is a suburb of CD'A:) And one of those Spokane forumers is very anti Idaho.

CodyY May 31, 2007 3:24 AM

I live in the Cd'A area, and I recently drove past the new condos being built by Hagadone (the terraces) and they are absolutely magnificent!!! I can only imagine what sort of views they have (and how much they'll cost).

To me, the Riverstone project is one of the most exciting. It has so much potential, especially with the the proposed trolley. I have heard a lot of rumors about what sort of shops will be in it (I have heard that Abercrombie&Fitch or Hollister, Barnes and Noble, Azteca, Red Robin could be amongst the new shops in that development. I have also heard that a water taxi could link Riverstone and d/t (which would be totally totally awesome). It could be even cooler if such a water taxi could also link the Post Falls landing as well.

And another interesting project in the KC is the area in Post Falls where the new Cabela's will be. I have heard that there could be a Super Target, a Lowes or Home Depot. Has anyone heard anything on this or any other of the projects?

jimthemanincda May 31, 2007 5:18 AM

Cody, here's some more info. on the Cabela's project and the rest of The Pointe at Post Falls. It's a 200-acre project and there will be 3 other large anchor stores and 2 hotel sites. I also remember hearing something about Super Target and Lowes being two possible tenants. I'm sure we'll know more in the coming months.

As to Super Target going in, I think with the size of Post Falls now, the city definately can support a second large retailer besides Wal-Mart or having citizens drive to Cd'A or Spokane Valley. Lowes is also a good idea since there is no large home improvement store in Post Falls. There is a Home Depot and Lowes in Cd'A. There is also a Home Depot in Liberty Lake, about 5miles away from The Pointe site, that is why I doubt Home Depot would be building there...

For those who don't know, the Cabela's store will be the second in Idaho. Cabela's stores are known as top-notch educational and entertainment attractions. They include museum-quality animal displays, huge aquariums sotcked with native fish, and a centerpiece indoor mountain displaying "trophy animals interacting in realistic re-creations of their natural habitats."


Cabela's anchors mega site
200-acre Post Falls project envisions mix of retailers, department store, hotels

Becky Kramer
Staff writer
November 15, 2006

Sporting goods retailer Cabela's will anchor a 200-plus-acre development in Post Falls, with shopping space nearly rivaling the Spokane Valley Mall's, according to preliminary development plans.

The Pointe at Post Falls will occupy one of the last prime commercial spots along Interstate 90. In addition to Cabela's, three other large anchor stores are planned. The Pointe at Post Falls also includes pads for specialty retailers and two hotel sites. With about 800,000 square feet devoted to retail space, the development would be slightly smaller than the mall.

Earlier this month, Cabela's announced plans for a mega sporting goods store in Post Falls that could open by next fall. The Sidney, Neb., retailer builds stores that become tourist destinations, with museum-quality displays of stuffed animals and aquariums stocked with native fish.

Not that long ago, commuters occasionally spotted elk herds grazing in the open space along the freeway. The past decade, however, has brought rapid development to the I-90 corridor. Post Falls is stretching westward toward Liberty Lake in a blur of auto dealerships, hotels, restaurants and other commercial development.

Foursquare Properties Inc. is the developer for The Pointe at Post Falls. The project is the first of about six developments anchored by Cabela's that the Carlsbad, Calif., firm will build in various locations, said Jeff Vitek, company president.

The Pointe at Post Falls won't be enclosed like the Spokane Valley Mall, Vitek said. It will also include a different mix of stores, he said. Possibilities could include a department store, a discount outlet and retailers focused on clothing, home improvement, kids' fashions, books and furniture. Vitek said he's received lots of inquiries from retailers since Cabela's announcement but won't announce prospective tenants until contracts are signed.

Cabela's will be the first store built at The Pointe at Post Falls, occupying a spot overlooking the Spokane River.

Vitek said that Foursquare Properties anticipates closing on the sale of the Post Falls acreage later this week. The firm has been working with Greenstone Corp., one of multiple owners of the land, to complete the deal.

Then "we'll be under way almost immediately," Vitek said.

Foursquare Properties has received a grading permit for the site and submitted conceptual plans to the city. After the land purchase is final, the firm will apply for permission to subdivide the land into commercial pads, Vitek said.

The acreage is zoned industrial, which allows for retail development, according to Gary Young, community development director for Post Falls.

City leaders see the development as a boost to Post Falls' western edge. Mayor Clay Larkin has said Cabela's could help revive the fortunes of the factory outlet mall in Post Falls and bring more shoppers and tourists to other nearby attractions.

Cabela's will be near Buck Knives' factory, which is something of a tourist attraction in itself. The two firms have done business together for more than two decades. Cabela's sells Buck Knives in its stores and through its catalogs.

Buck Knives' plant tours have increased since the company moved its factory from the San Diego area to a Post Falls location conveniently south of the freeway, said John Weaver, the firm's vice president of sales.

"People do like to stop and see a manufacturing operation," he said, "… and Buck Knives is considered something of an American icon in terms of hunting."

jimthemanincda May 31, 2007 5:49 AM

I haven't heard about the water taxi, but I can definately see it happening, especially after some of the residential units are completed. I like your idea about linking up with Post Falls Landing as well.

Riverstone stores/restaurants/retailers currently open or planned:
Barnes & Noble, Regal Cinemas, Starbucks, Sangria Grill, Joe’s Smokin’ B-B-Q, Cold Stone Creamery, and Pizza Schmizza are all open. The Bardenay Restaurant and Distillery and Red Robin will open for business soon.

The project also includes both Hampton Inn & Suites and a Marriott Residence Inn (Two hotels in the project, plus the new Holiday Inn Express adjacent to the property and the Days Inn across the street...wow!).

Possible tenants:
Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar (either at Riverstone or at The Pointe at PF), Azteca, another bank, more professional offices, etc.
(I haven't heard anything, but Abercrombie or Hollister which Cody mentioned would be good)

eastidaho May 31, 2007 3:29 PM

You both mention the retail scene in Riverstone, what is it like by the convention center? pedestrian traffic? Also, is CDA seeing large increases in 2nd home owners, with larger seasonal swings in population?

I guess my questions refer to comparing five years ago to today. From about the time of my last visit. :)

jimthemanincda May 31, 2007 5:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by eastidaho (Post 2869499)
You both mention the retail scene in Riverstone, what is it like by the convention center? pedestrian traffic? Also, is CDA seeing large increases in 2nd home owners, with larger seasonal swings in population?

I guess my questions refer to comparing five years ago to today. From about the time of my last visit. :)

I'm not sure what convention center you are referring to. There is no official city convention center, so I believe you are talking about the large convention center at the Coeur d'Alene Resort downtown...

My observations:
There has been an increase in pedestrians downtown, but it is hard to separate whether these people are new residents, etc. The downtown retailers have been doing great, even with the contining opening of stores in Riverstone. The next area that the city and urban renewal districts will focus on is the Midtown area, which streches north of downtown to I-90. There are seasonal swings in population, but not as much as areas such as McCall and Sun Valley. Some larger projects are focused on making sure most of the condos that they sell are to year-long residents as opposed to seasonal ones. These are just my observations though. In addition, I've been in Michigan for two years attending law school, so I only get back to town 2 or 3 times a year. When I go back next month, I'm going to do a huge photo tour of the town and post the pics here. In addition, most of the upper stories of Parkside will be done and I will try to get pictures from the upper floors.

eastidaho May 31, 2007 7:19 PM

:previous:

Yeah, I was talking about the Resort. I have only been to CDA a few times and it has always been for a convention. So I associate the Resort as a convention center. My mistake. :koko:

Quote:

In addition, the most of the upper stories of Parkside will be done and I will try to get pictures from the upper floors.
I take it you have an inside source to get such great access? Because WOW! The views would be amazing.

jimthemanincda May 31, 2007 8:12 PM

I guess you can say I have an inside source. My parents have put down a deposit for a condo on one of the upper floors of Parkside.

If you want, you can check out current views from up high on the Parkside website...http://www.millerstauffer.com/pj_parksideeleviews.htm
*Though you should note that the pictures are almost 2 years old and don't show some of the newer buildings downtown :(

IdaBoi May 31, 2007 8:53 PM

I really want to visit North Idaho this summer. I have seen some pics on this forum before , maybe Sawtooth posted them, maybe another forumer? and Coeur d'Alene and the rest of North Idaho looks like one of the most beautiful cities and areas anywhere.

CodyY Jun 1, 2007 5:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jimthemanincda (Post 2869039)
I haven't heard about the water taxi, but I can definately see it happening, especially after some of the residential units are completed. I like your idea about linking up with Post Falls Landing as well.

Riverstone stores/restaurants/retailers currently open or planned:
Barnes & Noble, Regal Cinemas, Starbucks, Sangria Grill, Joe’s Smokin’ B-B-Q, Cold Stone Creamery, and Pizza Schmizza are all open. The Bardenay Restaurant and Distillery and Red Robin will open for business soon.

The project also includes both Hampton Inn & Suites and a Marriott Residence Inn (Two hotels in the project, plus the new Holiday Inn Express adjacent to the property and the Days Inn across the street...wow!).

Possible tenants:
Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar (either at Riverstone or at The Pointe at PF), Azteca, another bank, more professional offices, etc.
(I haven't heard anything, but Abercrombie or Hollister which Cody mentioned would be good)

I think I read about the water taxi from the Riverstone page, and the idea of linking it to PF landing was just an idea I thought would be cool. [Speaking of that, did anyone read the article in the Press about how some highway district possibly wants to start a ferry system to transport people who live along the lake, as opposed to driving the windy road along the shore? I can try to find it if anyone is that passionate about it;) ]


Oh, and on another note, about the population of Cd'A swelling during the summer, I cannot say that I really agree with that. Certainly it does get slightly larger, but the reason the KC seems so much more crowded in the summer is because of all the people from Washington (and to a lessor extent Oregon and Alberta) coming here. On US 95, I'd say that about anywhere from 1/3 to 1/4 of the cars are from WA.

jimthemanincda Jun 1, 2007 6:20 PM

Some information & news about residential and commercial growth in Post Falls, Cd'A's fast-growing neighbor to the west...

Stats:
Post Falls is one of the fastest growing cities in Idaho. It had a population of 17,247 in 2000 and 23,162 in 2005. The city now has over 24,000 people and is estimated to reach 30,000 by 2013, and 65,000 by 2028 (98,000 by 2028 with projected expansion beyond existing city boundaries). The city's population is growing at a rate of 3.5% per year.

PF issued 947 building permits last year. The job market in the city has grown by 44% since 2000 and the city's business community has grown 35% in that same span.

Here's a Spokesman-Review article from last week detailing the commercial growth in Post Falls. What struck me as amazing was the fact that there was $34 million in commercial construction in PF last year (a large amount of $), but in the first four months of this year, there already has been $31 million in commercial construction:

Commercial growth leads PF boom
Cabela's tops lengthy list of development projects

Hope Brumbach
Staff writer
May 24, 2007

POST FALLS – State Highway 41 used to be just a route to get from home to work.

But these days, you can get a tan, a workout, a latte, a pizza and a new cell phone plan along the way.

The intersection of Mullan Avenue and Highway 41, north of Interstate 90, has become a hot spot of commercial development – and another sign that business in Post Falls is booming, city officials say.

"It's blossomed," Post Falls Mayor Clay Larkin said of the area, which has attracted a Wal-Mart center and a host of office and retail space in the last few years.

"What we're seeing now is that commercial (development) is coming at a much faster pace than even five years ago. It's just getting busier and busier. And we're very grateful for that," he said.

City officials say they're thrilled with the growth in Post Falls, with more than $34 million in commercial construction proposed last year and more than $31 million in the first four months of this year.

Since the beginning of 2006, developers have proposed or constructed 42 commercial buildings, 83 commercial additions or alterations, one industrial building and three industrial alterations or additions, according to city records.

"We had a significant increase in the last year. Commercially, we've done really well," said Collin Coles, senior planner for the city of Post Falls.

In the fall, Cabela's is scheduled to open a sporting-goods store with more than 125,000 square feet, anchoring The Pointe at Post Falls, a mega-retail center near the Stateline exit of I-90. City officials laud the development as possibly the largest commercial windfall in city history.

"The potential there in the next three years, you won't even recognize it," said Pam Houser, president and chief executive officer of the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce.

"I haven't seen this kind of growth happen this quickly since I've been here. And I've been here 35 years," said Houser, adding that the chamber has grown to 470 members from about 300 only two years ago. "I think it's exciting, as a citizen, as a longtime resident."

Commercial growth, Coles said, typically follows surges in residential development, which Post Falls certainly has experienced. Last year, the city approved plans for 900 new homes, condominiums and apartments.

Post Falls' population boom is expected to continue at a growth rate of 3.5 percent or more per year. City officials predict Post Falls will expand to 30,000residents in the next six years.

"We certainly have been discovered," Larkin said.

...the article goes on to list some of the projects under construction and their cost.

CodyY Jun 2, 2007 5:47 AM

:previous: Apparently Rathdrum will reach 65,000 in the not too distant future. A place that no one ever thinks to mention is Rathdrum...it is growing hugely.

Cd'A is gonna need to build some more towers to keep up!

jimthemanincda Jun 2, 2007 6:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CodyY (Post 2873355)
:previous: Apparently Rathdrum will reach 65,000 in the not too distant future. A place that no one ever thinks to mention is Rathdrum...it is growing hugely.

Cd'A is gonna need to build some more towers to keep up!

Wow, where did you hear that? Whoever told you that is confused. I know Rathdrum is growing really fast, but the city only had 5,740 residents as of 2005 (the last year the Census came out with city numbers). The city grew 19.2% between 2000 and 2005.

You must be talking about Post Falls. A demographer who works with the Census Bureau estimates PF will hit 65,000 by 2028 (98,000 with expected annexation)---see the above post.

I agree with your sentiment about Cd'A needing more towers. Many people talk about Post Falls passing Cd'A in population. Yes, this is almost certain to happen, but it will still be a while. Assuming 2000-2005 growth rates, PF won't pass Cd'A until 2023 or 2024 (assuming no further annexation, so it might be sooner...). Cd'A is becoming denser, and more towers will be built in the upcoming years, but Cd'A will eventually max out population wise, with around 80,000 residents. At least for the next 15 or so years, Cd'A will be #1 in population in the county, PF will be #2, Hayden #3, and Rathdrum #4.

Sawtooth Jun 2, 2007 6:50 AM

I visited Coeur d'Alene last fall with some friends and ate at Bonsai and the Spider Crab was excellent. I saw some of the Riverstone District and it looked really nice. Coeur d'Alene rules with the scenery and Sandpoint is heaven.:worship: We also drove through St. Maries and it was a really nice town especially with the St. Joe River and the tugboats , and the White Pine forest outside of St. Maries is a great place to hunt for mushrooms. I have heard that St. Maries is kind of becoming a small haven for relocating artists.
I wish I had taken pictures of St. Maries and Wallace. I filled up my SANDisk with pics of Coeur d'Alene the Lake and Sandpoint and Lake Pend' Oreille.

jimthemanincda Jun 2, 2007 7:12 AM

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Originally Posted by Sawtooth (Post 2873445)
I visited Coeur d'Alene last fall with some friends and ate at Bonsai and the Spider Crab was excellent. I saw some of the Riverstone District and it looked really nice. Coeur d'Alene rules with the scenery and Sandpoint is heaven.:worship: We also drove through St. Maries and it was a really nice town especially with the St. Joe River and the tugboats , and the White Pine forest outside of St. Maries is a great place to hunt for mushrooms. I have heard that St. Maries is kind of becoming a small haven for relocating artists.
I wish I had taken pictures of St. Maries and Wallace. I filled up my SANDisk with pics of Coeur d'Alene the Lake and Sandpoint and Lake Pend' Oreille.

Well, do ya thang brotha. Post up the pics. We'd love to see them.

CodyY Jun 2, 2007 6:56 PM

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Originally Posted by jimthemanincda (Post 2873388)
Wow, where did you hear that? Whoever told you that is confused. I know Rathdrum is growing really fast, but the city only had 5,740 residents as of 2005 (the last year the Census came out with city numbers). The city grew 19.2% between 2000 and 2005.

You must be talking about Post Falls. A demographer who works with the Census Bureau estimates PF will hit 65,000 by 2028 (98,000 with expected annexation)---see the above post.

I agree with your sentiment about Cd'A needing more towers. Many people talk about Post Falls passing Cd'A in population. Yes, this is almost certain to happen, but it will still be a while. Assuming 2000-2005 growth rates, PF won't pass Cd'A until 2023 or 2024 (assuming no further annexation, so it might be sooner...). Cd'A is becoming denser, and more towers will be built in the upcoming years, but Cd'A will eventually max out population wise, with around 80,000 residents. At least for the next 15 or so years, Cd'A will be #1 in population in the county, PF will be #2, Hayden #3, and Rathdrum #4.

Well, I read in the Rathdrum Star (you probably don't get it...it serves the northern half of the KC) that if and when Rathdrum develops all of is area of impact (or some technical term) that the city would have a population of 65,000 people. If you think about it though, it really isn't that unreasonable, because the potential city limits for Rathdrum are pretty big...it goes to the mid-point between hayden and rathdrum on the east, it continues south to the northern border of PF, it could go as far north of just south of Twin lakes etc.

jimthemanincda Jun 2, 2007 7:50 PM

I can see it happening eventually. I never rule anything out, but even assuming annexation, which is probable, 65,000 population is so far away from Rathdrum now, it is hard to imagine this happening anytime soon.

Assuming 50% growth every 5 years (more than 3x the current growth rate), Rathdrum wouldn't get to 65,000 until after 2040. A city sustaining 50% growth for over 35 years is really unprecedented.

jimthemanincda Jun 3, 2007 7:05 PM

I'm want to get the top spot on page 2 of this thread to post information on more developments going on around town, so I'm going to use the next two posts to get there.

Information on Coeur d'Alene's tallest buildings:

1. Coeur d'Alene Resort 18 floors 216 feet 66 meters (1989)
2. Parkside 20 floors 213 feet 65 meters (u/c)
3. McEuen Terrace 15 floors 171 feet 52 meters (2002)
4. Lake Tower Apartments 10 floors 114 feet (1975)
5. Cd'A North Condos 9 floors 103 feet (1984)

[The city currently has the 2nd and 3rd tallest buildings in the state]

Right now there are 4 tower cranes in town: 1 at Parkside, 1 at the Terraces, and 2 at Riverstone

jimthemanincda Jun 3, 2007 7:07 PM

Tall buildings proposed:

1. Riverstone Development 20 floors 250 feet 76 meters
2. additional 4 towers in Riverstone 14 floors each 165 feet each

jimthemanincda Jun 3, 2007 7:12 PM

More Coeur d'Alene Projects
 
Sandpoint, Silver Valley, and St. Maries Projects:
(For Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls, Hayden, and Rathdrum area projects, see the first post on Page 1 of this thread)


University of Idaho-Sandpoint
$30 million 77 acre university site in Sandpoint
First classes available in fall 2009
1,000 student enrollment within five years of the first classes


Schweitzer Ski Resort expansion near Sandpoint
$50 million expansion to build 2 more chairlifts and more roads to help improve access for future residences on the mountain (Schweitzer will eventually add more than 4,000 housing units to its 7,000 acre private holding---there are fewer than 1,000 housing units currently)
http://www.schweitzer.com/


Silver Rapids Indoor Waterpark/Morning Star Lodge in Kellogg
Waterpark opening early 2008
http://www.silvermt.com/
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...a/2855e175.jpg
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...a/2ab2d62d.jpg


The Crossing at Willow Bay in Sandpoint
180 acre gated community with yacht club access
http://www.crossingwillowbay.com/home


Dover Bay in Sandpoint
285 acre waterfront community
http://www.doverbayidaho.com/


Seasons at Sandpoint
Private residential resort and spa
http://www.seasonsatsandpoint.com/

jimthemanincda Jun 3, 2007 7:13 PM

More Coeur d'Alene Projects
 
Double post

InlandEmpire Jun 4, 2007 1:22 AM

I'm going home to CDA next weekend, so maybe I can get some shots of the construction.

To comment on earlier posts, the Terraces by Hagadone look not so good, but the quality of the materials is impressive. Prices for the units run from $4.5-5.5 million. I'm usually all for development, but it's too bad the building is so unoriginal.

I was thinking, it would be cool to get some small commercial office towers in dt CDA, so maybe there would be more of a job base downtown. Maybe in the future.

jimthemanincda Jun 4, 2007 2:20 AM

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Originally Posted by InlandEmpire (Post 2875930)
I'm going home to CDA next weekend, so maybe I can get some shots of the construction.

To comment on earlier posts, the Terraces by Hagadone look not so good, but the quality of the materials is impressive. Prices for the units run from $4.5-5.5 million. I'm usually all for development, but it's too bad the building is so unoriginal.

I was thinking, it would be cool to get some small commercial office towers in dt CDA, so maybe there would be more of a job base downtown. Maybe in the future.

Duane does like uniformity in his buildings.

I agree about having some commercial office towers downtown. I hope we see some in the next few years.

Looking forward to the pictures. I'll be back towards the end of the month and am going to take some of my own.

Boizean Jun 7, 2007 8:37 PM

Thanks for pulling this thread together jimthemanincda. I didn't think CDA was getting the attention it deserves being contained within the Spokane thread. :tup:

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Originally Posted by jimthemanincda (Post 2874158)
I can see it happening eventually. I never rule anything out, but even assuming annexation, which is probable, 65,000 population is so far away from Rathdrum now, it is hard to imagine this happening anytime soon.

This is entirely possible if you look at Meridian over the past 37 years (especially the last 17);

1970 - 2,616
1980 - 6,658
1990 - 9,596
2000 - 34,919
2007 - 71,866

jimthemanincda Jun 7, 2007 9:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Boizean (Post 2883796)
Thanks for pulling this thread together jimthemanincda. I didn't think CDA was getting the attention it deserves being contained within the Spokane thread. :tup:

No problem. I think there are about 5 people from North Idaho or who formerly lived in NI, so we have a nice start. I figured with all of the projects going on in the area, it would be nice to do a separate thread from Spokane.

I've got a lot more information to post, I just didn't want to have 10 posts in a row. One of the things I'll put up next week are old pictures of Cd'A and old articles from 20 years ago predicting Cd'A's "future." They are surprisingly very, very accurate. I'll be in town in a couple of weeks and will take some pictures of the Ironman Triathalon and the 4th of July Fireworks, both huge events in town that I'll post more information about.

boisecynic Jun 7, 2007 10:07 PM

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Originally Posted by jimthemanincda (Post 2876030)
Duane does like uniformity in his buildings.

Speaking of Hagadone, wasn't he just in the news for the mansion he built in Palm Springs and it got a lot of criticism.

jimthemanincda Jun 7, 2007 10:12 PM

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Originally Posted by boisecynic (Post 2884001)
Speaking of Hagadone, wasn't he just in the news for the mansion he built in Palm Springs and it got a lot of criticism.

Yes, besides the Spokane Spokesman-Review newspaper (competes with Hagadone's Coeur d'Alene Press) doing an article on it, none other than the LA Times did an article on it. The Guardian newspaper in London and Business Week magazine later picked up the LA Times story and ran other articles on the mansion.

Here's the link:
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la...home-headlines

Sawtooth Jun 7, 2007 10:15 PM

Keep us updated Jimtheman. Coeur d'Alene is one of the most beautiful cities and areas anywhere so it is great to see updates on the cities progression.
I would live to have a condo in either Coeur d'Alene or Sandpoint. I read about a new project where the developer wants to build floating house boats on Lake Pend Oreille, or I think it was that lake, maybe it was the Pend Oreille River, but I cannot remember.

Has there been any updates on the French villas?

jimthemanincda Jun 7, 2007 10:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Sawtooth (Post 2884014)
Has there been any updates on the French villas?

Not sure if you are talking about Chateau de Loire...
From two years ago---"Another gated golf community – this one with architecture themed after famous French castles – is coming to the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene. A Las Vegas development firm has submitted plans for the $150 million Chateau De Loire Golf and Lake Club, an 18-hole golf course and 475 luxury homes and condos overlooking Moscow Bay."

Last July the county did not approve the Chateau development (though it approved the second phase of Black Rock in the same meeting). The developer later sued last summer, alleging discrimination. The county later went into mediation with the developer.

Here's the latest news from a month and a half ago. The next hearing on the project is on July 19:
A district court judge ruled Wednesday that Kootenai County is following the rules and that a proposed French-themed golf retreat is on the fast track.

This means that the July 19 public hearing for Chateau de Loire, a proposed 18-hole golf course and 500 homes on the east side of Lake Coeur d'Alene, is still on.

1st District Court Judge John Luster denied Kirk-Hughes Development's request for an emergency court hearing. The Las Vegas company filed the motion Tuesday, arguing the county allegedly broke a mediated agreement over the development schedule by postponing the May 31 hearing date until July.

Luster said that he couldn't consider the request because the company's initial appeal – filed after the county commission's July 2006 denial of the golf retreat project – is on hold because the parties approved the mediation agreement.

Yet Luster wrote that after reviewing the request, it appears the county has followed the expedited schedule.

Coeur d'Alene attorney Kacey Wall, who represents the company, was out of the office and unavailable for comment.

In court documents, Kirk-Hughes Development argues that the delay means the county can't decide by the agreed Sept. 1 deadline whether to approve the multimillion-dollar project. In addition, the postponement will cost the company an extra $135,000 in expenses ranging from engineering services to a $25,000 forfeited consulting fee.

The company wanted Luster to force the county to keep the May 31 hearing date.

Last week the county postponed the public hearing until July 19 so the newly hired planning director has time to take charge.

County Attorney John Cafferty maintained that without the agreement the county would have scheduled the hearing for September.

"I think the order speaks for itself," Cafferty said

Sawtooth Jun 12, 2007 9:52 PM

jimthemanincda, didn't you mention that you are going to have pics for us soon?

jimthemanincda Jun 13, 2007 3:41 AM

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Originally Posted by Sawtooth (Post 2893093)
jimthemanincda, didn't you mention that you are going to have pics for us soon?

I'll be in town in a week and a half. It'll take a day or two after that to post some pictures, but they will be up soon (thanks for all your Boise pictures by the way). I've got articles to post this week in the meantime...

CodyY Jun 13, 2007 6:15 AM

I live in Coeur d'Alene, and hopefully sometime within the next few days, i will get out and take some pictures. When I do, I'll make sure to get the new condos by hagadone, the new chamber of commerce bldg, the parkside towers, and the riverstone stuff. At this moment, there are literally so many cranes and new bldgs, it is very exciting!

CodyY Jun 13, 2007 6:20 AM

Oh, another thing. Did anyone else catch the article in the Press that was about making Huetter road the new Cd'A US95 bypass? It'd relieve traffic on teh current us95 and SR41. I think that it is a horrible idea. I think that the effort needs to be concentrated on making US95 a freeway through Cd'A/Hayden...not move the road west. Most of the traffic on 95 is Cd'A related. I think that the KMPO is just trying to combine any sr41 and US95 improvements into one road, which, I think is a bad idea.

jimthemanincda Jun 13, 2007 4:07 PM

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Originally Posted by CodyY (Post 2894091)
Oh, another thing. Did anyone else catch the article in the Press that was about making Huetter road the new Cd'A US95 bypass? It'd relieve traffic on teh current us95 and SR41. I think that it is a horrible idea. I think that the effort needs to be concentrated on making US95 a freeway through Cd'A/Hayden...not move the road west. Most of the traffic on 95 is Cd'A related. I think that the KMPO is just trying to combine any sr41 and US95 improvements into one road, which, I think is a bad idea.

Yes, I saw the article. The bypass has actually been in the planning stages for many years (since 1998). It will still be a little while before it is built, though. I like the idea. As to your feelings that they are just trying to put off improvements to Hwy 41 & 95, don't worry about it. There has been talk about widening and improving each highway (even with the bypass being built). The idea of the bypass is to have motorists passing through the area not have to deal with local traffic. That is why after studying the possibility of making US 95 a limited access freeway, KMPO and ITD are choosing to build a limited access freeway away from currently developed areas. We will still see a busy US 95and SR 41 with all the local traffic, but in the future 95 will be widened to 6 lanes and 41 to 4 lanes.

Here's a picture of the proposed bypass for those not familiar with the areas:
The blue lines are where proposed interchange ramps would be located (I-90, Poleline Avenue, Prairie Avenue, Hayden Avenue, Wyoming Avenue, Lancaster Avenue, Hwy. 95/Hwy. 53)
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...tterbypass.jpg

jimthemanincda Jun 13, 2007 4:08 PM

Looking forward to some pictures Cody!

CodyY Jun 14, 2007 1:10 AM

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Originally Posted by jimthemanincda (Post 2894648)
Yes, I saw the article. The bypass has actually been in the planning stages for many years (since 1998). It will still be a little while before it is built, though. I like the idea. As to your feelings that they are just trying to put off improvements to Hwy 41 & 95, don't worry about it. There has been talk about widening and improving each highway (even with the bypass being built). The idea of the bypass is to have motorists passing through the area not have to deal with local traffic. That is why after studying the possibility of making US 95 a limited access freeway, KMPO and ITD are choosing to build a limited access freeway away from currently developed areas. We will still see a busy US 95and SR 41 with all the local traffic, but in the future 95 will be widened to 6 lanes and 41 to 4 lanes.

Here's a picture of the proposed bypass for those not familiar with the areas:
The blue lines are where proposed interchange ramps would be located (I-90, Poleline Avenue, Prairie Avenue, Hayden Avenue, Wyoming Avenue, Lancaster Avenue, Hwy. 95/Hwy. 53)
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...tterbypass.jpg


That was really interesting, you just cleared a lot of things up! Well, I hope this gets done. Right now, there are various improvements going on along SR41 but I don't know if they are like laying down natural gas lines or actually improving the roads. It is strange, the route of the "bypass" because the ITD should start construction on the Lancaster interchange on US95 in the not-to-distant-future.

jimthemanincda Jun 14, 2007 1:55 AM

If you want more info. on the project, or other highway or transportation projects in Kootenai County, check out the Kootenai Metro Planning Organization website http://www.kmpo.net/

alphawolf Jun 14, 2007 3:04 PM

That looks like its going to have better access to the airport.

jimthemanincda Jun 14, 2007 3:27 PM

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Originally Posted by alphawolf (Post 2896865)
That looks like its going to have better access to the airport.

Yes, I agree. Access is fine right now off of Hwy. 95, but it should be good in the future if the airport were to get commercial flights again (I don't know if you're familiar with the area, but Cd'A doesn't have commercial flights right now, though it used to in the 80s and 90s. There really is no need now with the Spokane airport---as large as the Boise airport---being so close to Cd'A, although I think in the next 10-20 years there will be a local push for some flights out of Cd'A).

jimthemanincda Jun 14, 2007 6:10 PM

Cd'A Resort---21 years old
 
A little about the Coeur d'Alene Resort, the city's signature building...

Before (May 1980 after the Mt. St. Helens eruption---yes, that is ash on the ground):
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...a/scan0001.jpg

During constrution (1986):
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...Resort1986.jpg

Now (a world-class destination):
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...cda-resort.jpg
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a.../CDAResort.jpg
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...SleighRide.jpg

jimthemanincda Jun 14, 2007 6:11 PM

Tomorrow I'll put up an old article from 20 years ago predicting Cd'A's "future." It is surprisingly very, very accurate.

Article from last year on the Resort's 20th Anniversary:
The Coeur d'Alene Resort 20 years ... and counting

COEUR d'ALENE -- It was 20 years ago today that thousands stood in the rain for their first look at what would soon be known as a world-class hotel.

In an era when unemployment was in double digits in some parts of North Idaho and in a city that few outside the state could pronounce, it was seen by some as a risk that could ruin the man who conceived the project and saw it through to completion.

But on that rainy Sunday, nothing could dampen the confidence of Duane Hagadone, as he stood in line to greet as many as 25,000 visitors to The Coeur d'Alene, a Resort on the Lake on its first day open.

"It was huge," Hagadone said. "People were lined up through the park. They waited two to three hours. It was unbelievable.

"I stood there and shook hands for nine hours. I never got a chance to leave. It was a great day."

Hagadone owns The Press and other newspapers in the Northwest, and often held functions at the North Shore, a nine-story hotel and convention center that was the flagship of Western Frontiers, a company that included partners Bob Templin, Bill Reagan Sr. and Joseph Jaeger Jr., who ran a restaurant in Ritzville.

"I learned a great deal from them," said Jerry Jaeger, who began working for his dad in that restaurant in 1960 and later joined Western Frontiers. "In fact Bill's son, Bill Jr., is general manager of The Resort today."

The relationships would prove valuable in laying the groundwork for Hagadone's vision.

"When Bob (Templin) and Bill (Reagan) decided to sell the company they went straight to Duane and asked if he had an interest," Jaeger said.

Hagadone didn't hesitate. On June 6, 1983, Western Frontiers became Hagadone Hospitality with Jaeger as junior partner.

"I acquired the property only on the condition that Jerry Jaeger came on as a partner to run it," Hagadone said. "I, being a newspaper publisher, knew nothing about the hospitality business."

It didn't take long before plans were made for an elaborate makeover of the waterfront property that included the hotel, the convention center and Templin's Restaurant.

"I always thought that it deserved to be a world-class hotel," Hagadone said. "It was on the shore of one of the five most beautiful lakes in the world, downtown, near an international airport."

He traveled the country, with an eye in particular on the Northwest, to see what kind of competition he would face. Others, he found, weren't modern, weren't quality or up to date.

"I wanted to make sure we were No. 1 in the Northwest," Hagadone said. "I wanted to make it 20 percent better than anything else in the Northwest."

He already owned a construction company, which several years before built Kootenai Memorial Hospital -- since renamed Kootenai Medical Center -- and other large projects, and soon was brainstorming with architect R.G. Nelson and John Barlow, president of Hagadone Construction to make his vision a reality.

One of the biggest challenges Hagadone gave them was building the resort while continuing to operate the existing facilities.

"It was something most architects wouldn't get in to," Nelson said.

He asked Hagadone to tear down the hotel and start from scratch, but accepted that that was not economically feasible.

Though the concept developed quickly, sometimes Hagadone's ideas caught even his partner off guard.

Jaeger recalls a presentation in Spokane in 1984, where Hagadone described the Hagadone Suite on the top floor, a Jacuzzi hanging off the side of the building, and a glass-bottomed pool.

"I'm feverishly writing," Jaeger said. "That wasn't in the design."

Hagadone credits Jaeger's hospitality skills for the success of The Coeur d'Alene Resort.

"Jerry has really been the guy who's run the hotel," he said.

Jaeger has as much praise for Hagadone.

"The vision of Duane Hagadone is incredible," he said. "It was the combination of his vision and a wonderful team of employees who made it a success."

It was the same a few years later, when Hagadone decided to build a golf course on the other side of town on a closed sawmill site.

"He asked me what I saw," Jaeger said. "I said an old sawmill that needs to be torn down. He said, 'I see a beautiful golf course.'

"He pointed to a log boom and asked me what I saw. I told him I saw a log boom. He saw a log boom in the shape of a green. He said, 'If they can float logs there, we can float a green.' That's exactly how the floating green became reality."

Five years after The Resort opened, the golf course and Plaza Shoppes opened.

"The first five years we did a lot of customer surveys," Jaeger said. "They loved The Resort and the community, but said it needed a golf course and downtown shopping."

Hagadone is pleased with the success of his vision.

"It's turned out to be a wonderful resort," he said. "It's been a good investment for the Hagadone Corporation and for all of North Idaho."

The project

John Barlow was in his mid-30s, having formed Hagadone Construction Company with Duane Hagadone at age 28, after being in construction since 1972.

He knew he was facing a tough project, and a tough deadline, with orders to complete an 18-story hotel and new convention center in 15 months against daunting obstacles.

"For all but four months, the North Shore was to stay open while we built above and around it," he said.

"There was water on three sides, and a hotel on the fourth."

He'd overseen construction of Kootenai Memorial Hospital, but on a less restrictive schedule.

He had one thing on his side.

"If not for the depressed market, we would have had a hard time getting enough skilled labor," he said.

Normally, there would be one supervisor overseeing the entire job.

At times during the construction, there were as many as 10 working on the hotel.

"It created a fiefdom of each guy," Barlow said.

The payroll of Hagadone Construction was around 400, he said, with as many as 1,000 subcontractors and off-site workers.

"It truly was a difficult and challenging project because of the details and the quality of the work," Barlow said. "The time frame, with two winters and one summer, was hard. It would have been nice if it had been two summers and one winter."

Instead, during those winters of 84-85 and 85-86, the weather was spectacularly cold, enough to freeze over much of Lake Coeur d'Alene.

That was just one challenge, but they got through with no disasters, and only a few miscommunications. Like the chairs for Beverly's, The Resort's upper-level view restaurant, with frames built in Europe to be upholstered in North Carolina.

As finishing time drew near, no frames had been delivered, so they decided to airfreight the specially ordered fabric to Europe for completion.

"In the spring of 1986 two planes crossed paths over the Atlantic," Barlow said. "One carried the frames to North Carolina, and the other the upholstery headed to Europe."

Word of that led to a short, awkward silence during the ensuing phone call, Barlow said, but the chairs were finally delivered on time.

The logistics of construction with limited access meant bringing in massive amounts of material through a corridor from the old convention center, where the parking garage now sits. With hundreds of workers moving through the six-foot-wide, 500-foot-long passage, it was so busy it became known as the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

It was just one of the memorable parts of the construction that concluded just in time for his 36th birthday on May 3, 1986.

"It was rewarding to look back on," Barlow said. "But when it was finished, we didn't want to go back in, I was so tired."

He credits the leadership of his boss for inspiring those who worked for him, even as the deadline for completion loomed and much work remained to be done.

"We had discussions to learn how to finish on time," Barlow said. "We said if we decided we can, we will, but if there's any doubt, it will unravel.

"Duane bred an infection to get it done."

The result

In July 1986, Forbes magazine did a story on The Coeur d'Alene Resort.

"Duane Hagadone has built himself a fancy resort hotel in the middle of nowhere. Why?" the writer asked.

Hagadone scoffs at the notion the project was a risk.

"There were definitely those that thought it was a huge risk," he said. "I didn't think it was a risk at all, but it far exceeded my expectations."

It didn't take long to prove them wrong.

"It was pretty immediate, pretty drastic," said Jonathan Coe, then in Sandpoint, where unemployment was 17 percent in 1984, and now president of the Coeur d'Alene Area Chamber of Commerce. "It put Coeur d'Alene on the map. It's getting Coeur d'Alene and North Idaho to a much larger market."

At the time The Resort was built, it was hard to find a job in the area, he said.

"In some ways it seemed preposterous that Duane could create this resort in this area."

Gary Norton had made a fortune in the electronics industry before selling out and buying a small airport in Athol a few years before Duane Hagadone decided to build a resort on the lake.

Norton was about ready to sell the Henley Aerodrome and move on until he saw what The Coeur d'Alene Resort meant to North Idaho.

"It inspired me to put the effort and money into Silverwood," he said.

Though he knew it was not a great business model, the theme park he opened was a fun hobby for about a decade before it began making money. But he followed the model he saw at The Coeur d'Alene.

"If you build real quality, people will come," he said. "He built for quality, and people came. Now, we sell thousands of hotel rooms a night."

Nancy DiGiammarco is Silverwood's marketing manager now, but was a recent Southern California transplant not involved with tourism when The Coeur d'Alene opened. She and her family were among the ones standing in the rain for a tour on Sunday, May 4, 1986.

"At the very end was the best surprise," she said. "Duane and Lola (Hagadone's wife) were shaking every person's hand. We were impressed that this gentleman who built this facility would do that.

"We look back at that event as what started tourism and put Coeur d'Alene on the map.

"The next year Gary opened Silverwood. The Coeur d'Alene Resort was a stroke of genius that did this region a huge favor. My ad does not say 'Athol.' It says 'Coeur d'Alene.'"

The next chapter

By the early 1990s The Coeur d'Alene Resort had been named the No. 1 Travel Product in the world by Conde Nast, a New York publication with a million readers. The golf course has consistently ranked in the top 20 among golf publications, sharing space on a list that includes Pebble Beach, among others.

But Duane Hagadone was not content to let his hotel and all its amenities rest on its laurels.

The course underwent a multimillion dollar improvement over the winter, and The Resort's new rooms have been remodeled. Renovations to the lobby began this week, and that and the new 30,000-square-foot spa are expected to be completed on schedule in early June.

Complete modernization and reconfiguration of the 25,000-square-foot Conference Center will also be done by June.

The Hagadone Suite is being transformed into an ultra-exclusive private bungalow, complete with personal butler.

"It's spectacular," Jaeger said. "It's safe to say The Resort will be better than it was 20 years ago."

Boiseguy Jun 14, 2007 6:16 PM

Coeur d'Alene is so pretty... that lake and priest lake.. are national treasures as far as I'm concerned...
Love to see that the developements are upscale...
As the area grows.. CdA just might need an airport expansion like you say..
flying into spokane is kind of out of the way for u all... seeing as how the airport is on the west side of town
they should have put an airport between the two cities and had a large metro airport...

jimthemanincda Jun 15, 2007 5:23 PM

2 Large Post Falls proposed projects
 
Here are some highlights from a Spokane Journal of Business article about 2 large Post Falls proposed projects. Here's the link if you want the full article:
http://www.spokanejournal.com/spokan...ticle&sub=3172

Big projects said eyed at Post Falls
Two development groups could combine efforts; both mull land south of Cabela’s

By Rocky Wilson

Post Falls city officials have been contacted separately over the past six months by two development groups that claim they’re interested in constructing large, destination-type venues either in the North Idaho city or across the border in Spokane County.

Though the development groups haven’t met formally yet, they’ve learned of one another’s proposals and are discussing the possibility of merging their efforts into one project as well as doing a joint venture directly across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, in New Jersey.

Stacy Akana, owner of Xarbin Industries LLC, of Post Falls, and the head of one of the two groups, has been talking with Post Falls Mayor Clay Larkin and city administrator Eric Keck for six months regarding a plan to build an indoor velodrome, which is a sporting arena built specifically for track cycling and speed skating. Akana claims the facility would seat 50,000 spectators and could be expanded.

Jim Adkins, president and CEO of the other development group, Messengers of Peace Development Corp., of Cherry Hill, N.J., says that group wants to build a large, three-dome education and technology complex.

Both projects would include many more buildings in a mixed-use format, and either likely would cost many millions of dollars, but Post Falls Mayor Clay Larkin prescribes caution.

Eric Keck, city administrator for Post Falls, says, “These projects together would put Post Falls on the global map.”

The two development groups say the projects would include many additional buildings, including hotels.

The property they are eyeing in Post Falls includes about 150 acres of land just south of Interstate 90 near the Spokane River, south of a 125,000-square-foot sporting-goods store that Sydney, Neb.-based Cabela’s Inc. currently is building. The three land owners there are Hanson Industries Inc., of Spokane Valley; Green Group Inc., of Tuscaloosa, Ala, which owns the Greyhound Park & Event Center there; and Jacklin Seed by Simplot Inc., a subsidiary of Boise, Idaho-based Simplot Corp.

Both development groups say they’ve looked at other potential sites in North Idaho and Washington, but Post Falls is their No. 1 choice.

jimthemanincda Jun 15, 2007 5:33 PM

Kootenai Medical Center expansion plans in Post Falls
 
Plans to expand Kootenai Medical Center's campus in Post Falls include construction of 5 additional buildings, including a 3-story parking garage, a 2-story cancer-care clinic, a patient exam building, a second medical office building, and possibly a second parking garage (4-story). For now, KMC doesn't have a specific date by when it hopes to complete the master plan for its Post Falls property. Since there's still a lot to do on the plan, KMC also doesn't have a cost estimate or a time line for projects that might be included in the plan.

http://www.spokanejournal.com/spokan...ticle&sub=3203

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