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Dedication Ceremony Set For Martin Luther King Jr. Way

SPOKANE, Wash. - A dedication ceremony for Martin Luther King Jr. Way is planned for Friday, June 18, at 11 a.m. in conference room 170 in the Sirti Technology Center, 120 N. Pine St.  The location has been changed because of rain in the forecast.

Last summer, the Spokane City Council approved naming the planned Riverside Avenue extension through the University District in honor of civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The newly named street will extend east from Division St., curving to the north near the eastern campus border on the west side of the Spokane River, then connecting to Spokane Falls Blvd. prior to the new Trent Ave. Bridge. 

"Naming this gateway to higher education after Dr. King is very appropriate," said Mayor Mary Verner.  "Dr. King believed in access to education and ensuring a better life for all.  Spokane's University District provides a path to future success for our community."

The applicant for the name change was the Martin Luther King Jr. Family Outreach Center.  "The street which will run through the proposed University District will serve as a symbol to Dr. and Mrs. King's commitment to education and social justice," the application stated.

The name change was approved by both the City Plan Commission and the City Council in the summer of 2009.  The approvals followed a public comment period and a public hearing on the change. 

Construction on the street project is set to begin in July.  The project is designed to reduce vehicular traffic on Spokane Falls Blvd. and create an inviting setting within the University District for a variety of commuters.

The project is estimated to cost $ 2.1 million for construction and will take four months to complete.  Money for the project came from federal and local funds.

 

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