A few weeks back I mentioned development on the Pullman-Moscow Corridor (SR 270). Rumors have been swirling ever since the Whitman County Commissioners finalized the zoning for the corridor that a Lowe's was moving in to the site on the border with Idaho.
From this site plan, it looks like it's more than just a rumor. Lowe's apparently will anchor a new strip mall with 310,000 sq. ft. of retail space and 7 pads for smaller stores or restaurants.
The combined square footage of this strip mall will exceed the proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter by almost 100,000 sq. ft. and the parking lot looks to be as big or bigger. Where was PARD at the public hearing when the corridor zoning was approved? Their website states: "We applaud the recent decision of the Pullman City Council to resist County Commission pressure to extend services to the Moscow-Pullman highway. We believe a far more prudent and economically lucrative option for Pullman would be to push development of any county properties south of town on the route to Lewiston/Clarkston." Ooops.
Hat Tip: April Coggins