The Dirt: Lean Kitchen Co. planning South Hill store

Lean Kitchen Co. is expanding to Spokane with plans for a store in the Manito Shopping Center on the South Hill.

Milpitas, California-based TNC Property Investment LLC, which owns Manito Shopping Center, filed an application with the city of Spokane to renovate an existing space into a 900-square-foot Lean Kitchen at 802 E. 29th Ave., Suite 3.

Lean Kitchen, founded in St. Joseph, Missouri, by Austin Evans and J.R. Robertson in 2016, is a meal prep company with a “grab-and-go” store concept that also offers nutritional supplements. Evans and Robertson began franchising stores nationwide in 2018.

Lean Kitchen offers breakfast, lunch and dinner meals as well as healthy snacks. Some of the meals – which vary by location – include teriyaki bowls, baja chicken and carrot fries, keto steak and eggs, and turkey tacos.

The project contractor is Rathdrum, Idaho-based Elite Empire Construction Inc. The project valuation is $80,000, according to the application.

Lean Kitchen Co. has 22 locations nationwide, including a store in Coeur d’Alene. The company indicates plans to open multiple locations in Idaho and Washington, according to its website.

Dance shop on site of mixed-use project

A building that houses a longtime dance retailer could be transformed into a retail and residential mixed-use project, according to a preliminary application filed with the city.

Spokane-based HDG Architecture filed the application to remodel the more than 6,400-square-foot existing building at 131 S. Sherman St. into multiuse retail and residential units with exterior facade improvements.

A preliminary site plan proposes 1,600 square feet of retail space and 4,800 square feet of residential space.

The project valuation is $750,000, according to the application.

Wyoming-based Rad Space LLC purchased the building for $325,000 in 2019, according to the Spokane County Assessor’s Office.

It’s unclear if Empire Dance Shop, founded in 1950, will remain a tenant in the building. The business did not respond to a request for comment.

Gun club requests permits

for new range, clubhouse on the West Plains

Plans are moving forward for the Spokane Gun Club’s new shooting range on the West Plains.

The Spokane Gun Club has filed applications for three permits with Spokane County to build 10 trap houses, four skeet houses, a covered five-stand shelter for a gun range, a 4,500-square-foot clubhouse, and a storage and maintenance facility at 21002 W. Thorpe Road in Medical Lake.

The permits are valued at more than $1 million, according to the applications.

Spokane-based Wolfe Architectural Group is designing the project.

Spokane County’s hearing examiner approved a conditional-use permit for the project in July.

The Spokane Gun Club sold its former 99-acre property at 19615 E. Sprague Ave. to the Central Valley School District in 2018.

Apartment building coming to Mansfield Ave.

A new apartment building is coming to a vacant site on Mansfield Avenue in Spokane Valley.

Cascade Home Builders LLC filed for a permit with the city to build a four-story, 22-unit apartment building spanning more than 38,000 square feet between Perrine Road and Robie Street, west of Pines Road.

Cascade Home Builders purchased the 1.6-acre vacant site for $176,000 in 2019, according to the Spokane County Assessor’s Office.

Spokane-based Russell Page Architects is designing the project, which is valued at $3 million, according to the application.

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