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New $1.8 million building to house warehousing, office space for Drywall Specialties

September 1, 2018 GMT

A $1.8 million, 20,000-square-foot building is being built across the street from the Esmeralda Golf Course in northeast Spokane.

The structure at 4201 N. Freya St. will be used mainly as a warehouse for Drywall Specialties, which is building the structure. More than 11,000 square feet is reserved for warehousing, and the remaining 7,000 square feet will be for the company’s offices. The building will take the entire block bounded by Freya, Rockwell Avenue, Rich Avenue and Ferral Street, according to documents filed with the city.

It will share the block with a large parking lot and an even bigger paved storage yard. The city is requiring the company to improve the frontage with Freya and Rich, including the paving of Rich, which is currently unpaved.

Jeff Miller, who with his sister, Tracy Miller, owns the business his father started in 1979, said it has outgrown its current location. Also, they started another business – Constructiv – that warranted the need for more space.

Constructiv builds premanufactured, modular structures with integrated technology, such as in-wall computers and televisions.

“Nothing is screwed to the wall. It’s all integrated in,” said Miller, adding that banks, schools and lawyers’ offices are the intended clients.

The new-building site sits directly adjacent to the future route of the North Spokane Corridor, and the nearest interchange with that highway is three blocks north at Wellesley Avenue.

Drywall Specialties purchased the site in April for $300,000. The company is currently located at at 5910 N. Freya St., north of its planned building.

The general contractor is DIVCON Inc., of Spokane Valley. It was designed by Architectural Ventures, also of Spokane Valley.