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Plans being made for old Macy's building makeover

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As for the retail options that might find a new home, "We've looked at everything like an urban Target, to H&M, to a grocery store," said West. As for the retail options that might find a new home, "We've looked at everything like an urban Target, to H&M, to a grocery store," said West.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The old downtown Macy's building is getting ready for a makeover. It's been empty since March but Centennial Properties Inc., a division of the Cowles Company that owns KHQ, The Spokesman Review and is connected with River Park Square -- announced they've agreed to buy the building.

“This is a unique opportunity to redefine a central city block,” said Betsy Cowles, President of Centennial Real Estate Investments, said in a statement. “Critical to being successful will be moving quickly so the building does not sit empty for too long. We will engage both local and national professionals and challenge them to help us build on the success of River Park Square.”

Doug Yost, who will manage the construction project for Centennial, said, "The building has a lot of challenges given its age and size. Working closely with the City and neighboring priorities will be essential to making this unique project work. Retailers depend on hard opening dates so once the project is a go, we have to know the barriers to delivering on time are gone." He added, "We want to thank Macy's for making this sale a priority. They understood how important this block is to Spokane and wanted it to be re-energized as quickly as possible."

Bryn West, the River Park Square General Manager has already painted a picture in her mind of what the building will look like. "We think the east side of the building is beautiful but the pink stone is kind of an eyesore at this point so we'd like to modernize it," said West.

She says she would like to keep some of the historical look to the building.

 As for the retail options that might find a new home, "We've looked at everything like an urban Target, to H&M, to a grocery store," said West.

Across the street, the owner of Atticus Coffee and Boo Radley's has seen the building change through the years."It's always sad to see windows all papered up," said Andy Dinnison.  He's looking forward to the new phase. "If they get something great in here, oh man, that's going to be great!"

The plans are still all in the early stages but if all goes well, some stores could open by next Fall.

As for parking spaces, West says there will be underground parking for the residents that would live in the building. As for shoppers, they could potentially park on the street or there may be a deal with parking at River Park Square.

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