UW News

November 12, 2014

University of Washington secures building lease in Spokane

UW News

The Spokane City Council on Monday night formally approved the lease of the former Spokane Visitor Information Center to the University of Washington, which will use the space for many purposes, including business outreach, alumni activities and student admissions. The site will also help support the UW’s efforts to expand its existing medical school in Spokane.

The city of Spokane sought tenants for the roughly 2,550-square-foot space and the UW submitted its lease proposal on Oct. 2, 2014. The space is expected to become a hub for prospective students and their parents, alumni and other members of the community to learn more about the university. It may also provide opportunities for startup companies and other innovators in the Spokane area to interact with the UW.

“I would like to thank the Spokane City Council for its affirmative vote. Securing this space in proximity to the growing and vibrant Spokane University District will provide new opportunities for increased UW engagement, outreach and collaboration with the community,” UW President Michael K. Young said. “With this new space, the UW will be more accessible and visible to the community, and the location is a natural fit as we seek to expand our capacity to educate the next generation of outstanding physicians and dentists in Spokane.”

The initial term of the lease is three years, with the UW paying $5,206.25 per month in the first year, $5,312.50 in the second year, and $5,418.75 in the third. The property is owned by the city of Spokane.