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February 27, 2006


Quickie: EWU Selling Downtown Building


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[Campus Commons Blog] "Eastern Washington University’s plans to sell its downtown Spokane center and move them to the Riverpoint campus are moving through the Legislature.

The school needs legislative approval to keep the proceeds from the sale and apply them toward buying or building facilities at Riverpoint. Ordinarily, the school would have to turn over the sale proceeds to the state and then ask for another appropriation for the move.

Eastern’s five-story building in downtown Spokane houses programs in journalism, creative writing, social work and other disciplines. It’s valued at $4 million or more.

“We’ve had some interest, but as of right now we haven’t had any offers,” Gombosky said.

About 1,000 students take classes at Eastern’s downtown center. If they move to the Riverpoint campus – where 1,500 Washington State University students are enrolled – it would substantially increase the size of the campus and drive efforts to establish a full-fledged university district in Spokane."