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09/30/2008 - Plechner Building Hosts Entrepreneurial Center

Following a small amount of remodeling, Spokane Entrepreneurial Center’s second location will be open for occupancy. Located in the Plechner Building at 810 W 2nd Ave, this is Steve Salvatori’s latest building intended to help start-up companies by offering office space at inexpensive rent. “The Spokane Entrepreneurial Centers offer cheap rent so that the start-up can concentrate on becoming a successful business – not on the overhead,” says Salvatori. The Plechner building will operate like the first center -- each company will be allowed to remain in the space for up to two years. Tenants do not have to make a deposit nor sign a lease. Rent includes, besides an office, one parking space per office, high speed connectivity, use of a shared conference room, use of a lunch/break room, utilities, and some storage.

The Plechner Building was built in 1906 and is three stories tall. There is a total of seventeen offices, but demand is high, and only eight are still available for rent. There are two retail spaces at street level. Currently they are occupied by Mosaic Fellowship and Art, Music, and More. Both spaces are in the process of being remodeled. Ewa Piastucha, owner of NI Architecture, is currently the only fully operational tenant in the upper floors.

The antique building has some very attractive features. Although there is no elevator, the stairs are wide and inviting. Many second floor offices have doors with beautiful antique etched glass windows. The interior is lit by a large skylight and multiple air/light shafts along with windows to the outside. Built as a hotel, each floor has gracious lobby spaces suitable for building community use. Each floor has two restrooms. For building use, a large conference room is on the third floor, and a smaller “huddle” room is on the second level. The break room is on two.

The building will have WiFi available with the capability of hard wire to the offices. A previous building owner wired the building for high-speed connectivity. Most offices have RJ – 45 data ports, and Cat5E copper is available throughout. There is a lot of cable available although a little sleuthing may be needed to determine where and how it is all connected.

Very little remodeling is needed before Spokane Entrepreneurial Center #2 is ready for full occupancy. A new awning will decorate the building’s front. The foyer will get new floor covering. A few spaces are being subdivided to make more offices available. Some new paint and carpeting are underway.

“Mark McLees of NAI Black was a huge help in finding the second entrepreneurial building,” says Salvatori. “It wasn't an easy task that I assigned him.”

For more information, contact Steve Salavatori, call (509) 944-0527 or e-mail

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