Apartments coming to former Empire Dance Shop Building on Sherman

Sunday, May 16, 2021

By Amy Edelen


A building that formerly housed a longtime dance retailer could be converted into apartments, according to a permit application filed with the city last week.

Casper, Wyoming-based Rad Space LLC, whose principal is Paul Williams, filed the application to change the building's use from retail to multifamily. The conversion will make way for the Sherman Apartments, which will contain nine units spanning a total of 6,400 square feet at 131 S. Sherman St.

Spokane-based Haines Architecture is designing the project, which is valued at $600,000, according to the application.

Rad Space LLC purchased the building for $325,000 in December 2019, according to the Spokane County Assessor's Office.

It's not the first time Williams has proposed plans for the building.

Rad Space LLC filed a predevelopment application in October to transform the building into a retail and residential mixed-use project with exterior façade improvements.

At the time, it was unclear if longtime tenant Empire Dance Shop, founded in 1950, would remain in the building. In December, Empire Dance Shop announced on its website it would be moving to 5004 E. Sprague Ave.