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Page 2 Free Press .... : ' : il Thursday, March 19, 2015 By JOHN McCALLUM have worked with before and provide financial finished construction of Brewster Hall because Editor backing, he reneged on intentions to develop a vacant lot The Cheney School District board of directors Brewster has been involved in several develop- north of the building into a parking lot. Mount elected to table a proposal by a pair of develop- ments in the area, including a public-private ven- called the lot an "eyesore." ere to purchase the surplused Fisher Building, ture in the early 2000s with Eastern Washington "How are we going to guarantee we're not at the board's first regular meeting in March, University for the construction of Brewster Hall going to repeat that?" he asked. March 11. on Second Street. Swenson said Wells has done Swenson said Brewster Hall is finished, and The proposal by Collegetown Development, a number of building rehabilitations in Spokane that the lot next door was never part of the origi- LLC, a collaboration between developers Robincluding the Steam Plant, Buena Vista Apart- nal project. Like many developers, Brewster ex- Brewster and Ron Wells, would purchase the ments and the $16 million Ridpath Hotel. perienced financial problems during the recession district's former high school/junior high school/ "The goal is basically student housing," Swen- that forced him to file bankruptcy and liquidate administration building for $949,500, 90 percent son told the board of plans for the Fisher Building. a lot of his property holdings to cover financial of its appraised value of just over $1 million. Like "With that location, there's really not anything requirements. the two previous proposal to purchase the nearly else they can do with that property." "We want to make sure that it's done correct- 86-year-old structure, Collegetown Development During the public hearing on the proposed ly," Swenson said of any Fisher proposal. "How would have a 90-day period in which to conduct sale, Ann Fisher Hehn, whose father is the long- do you guarantee a rehab project's completion? I feasibility studies, time Cheney educator the Fisher Building isdon't know how you do that." NAI Black Realtor Mitch Swenson told the named for, disagreed with the idea of using the In the end the board agreed to table the pro- board the developers are actually backed finan- building for student housing, posal until more information could be provided cially by HAL -- Holland America Lines. "Putting student housing in there is total de- on Brewster, Wells and Collegetown Develop- Swenson said HAL prefers not to make invest- struction of that building," Hehn said. merit. ments such as in the Fisher Building on their own, Board Director Rick Mount expressed skepti-John McCallum can be reached at electing to search out local organizations they cism about the sale, saying that Brewster never PUB renovation slim st= dent pproval to procee By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Students at Eastern Wash- ington University recently gave their approval, albeit by a relatively small margin, to move ahead with plans to remodel the Pence Union Building on campus. By a vote in late February of 1,052-983, a 51.2 percent yes margin, students ap- proved raising approximate- ly $30 million to significantly remodel the five decade-old student union center. "We're just glad to see great numbera, a great turn- out vote," Associated Stu- dents of Eastern Washington University President, Dahir "DJ" Jigre said. By contrast, students ap- proved a major fee increase of $55 per person in 2005 to fund the University Recreation Center by nearly 80 percent. The closeness of the vote to initially add an additional A rendering of what the Pence Union $65 to each student's fees, reflected a number of differ- ent concerns they have over the issue, Jigre said. On one hand, he said, Building will look like once "Students always complained about not enough power out- lets, lack of dining options and lighting." But those stu- dents who will graduate be- Artist rendering contributed by EWU rennovations are finished. fore the remodel is complete are saying they don't want to be charged for something they will not use. So a stepped approach was presented to hopefully make all sides happy. A $65-$69 per quarter fee starting in 2015 will get the funding started. It will increase to $80-$85 per quarter starting in 2018. Part of the .close vote, Jigre said, might be akin to the "sticker shock" taxpay- ers face when confronted by requests for more of their money to be used for roads, schools, transit and the like. "We're students, too, and we know what everybody's comfortable paying," Jigre said. "The word fee is a scary thought, especially an increased fee." The effort was made to keep the added cost under what Jigre called the three- digit range or below $100. "We wanted to keep it re- alistic, something we could afford," he said ...... Student fees now run See PUB page 3" Medical Lake Knowledge Bowl finishes third at state By AL STOVER vanced to the semi-finals in February. The team get. It's nice to bring a Staff Reporter where they advanced competed in the 2014 trophy back to show." The Medical Lake to the championship state championships but The team's season High School Knowledge , ,. started in October. Luhn Bowl team didn't come"We'll miss our seniors, but we said many of the students home empty handed af- have a good group of sophomores are motivated and stud- ter they took third place led specific topics, as well at the Washington State and juniors coming up. We should as general knowledge in XXXIII Knowledge Bowl be back at state next year." the offseason. championships, March "A lot of what they 14 at Arlington High Medical Lake Knowledge Bowl team advisor studyiswhattheylearned School. Virgina Luhn in school and they take it The competition be- beyond," Luhn said. gun with a written round The team loses five of 50 multiple-choice rounds, which are also didn't advance past the seniors to graduation:Jus- questions with a 35-min- 50 questions each. Medi- preliminary rounds, tin Brundage,.Stephanie ute time limit, followed cal Lake finished with The students weren't Burris, Logan Earl, Austin by four preliminary oral eight points, one behind the only ones excitedKepner and Josh Miller. exam rounds consisting second-place Cashmere. about competing at state. "I'm very privileged to of 50 questions each. Prior to state, Medi- The school gave the team be able to coach kids likes "It's kind of like team cal Lake competed in a surprise sendoff onthis," Luhn said. "We'll 'Jeopardy,' except you four practice meets and the morning of March miss our seniors, but we cannot 1Sick your catego- then finished first in the 13, minutes before they have a good group of ries,'" Virgina Luhn, one 1A division at. the Edu- started the road trip to sophomores and juniors of the team's advisors cational Service Districts Arlington. coming up. We should be said. 101 (Northeast Washing-"The district is very back at state next year." At the end of five ton) regional Knowledge supportive of us," Luhn AI Stover can be reached rounds, MedicaILake ad- Bowl competition backsaid. "What we need, we at Congratulations . Medical Lake High School Sophomore, Stayton Kent Academic Student of the Week Medical Lake Meetings are the 3rd Dollars for ,hu day each month at 6:30 pm , SCHOLARS" at Medical Lake A m~ra o~ sc~!p t,~ City Hall Chambers Email: Cheney Federal Credit Union Congratulates March Student of the Month Brandon Blazekovic 5th Grade Snowdon Elementary Federal Credit Union 520 First Street, Cheney, WA 235-6533 Where others have branches--we have our roots. If you live, work, worship or go to school in Cheney or Medical Lake school districts, you are eligible to join Cheney Federal Credit Union. Specialty Asphalt honors Cheney High School Sophomore, Faith Kluth-Vandenlzen SPECIALTY ASPHALT & CONSTRUCTION LLC 509-235-2222 FAX 500-235-6232 16715 S. Cheney/Spokane Road Cheney, WA 99004 SPECIACO33LQ Congratulations Medical Lake High School Junior, Derek Dick Student of the Week Medical. Lake Meetings are the 3rd Dollars for Thursday each month at 6:30 pm SCHOLARS" at Medical Lake A P~g~ ~ ~o~mp ~ City Hall Chambers Email: l ~!iil