FG Building ready for tenants

The new 34,000-square-foot metal building, known as the FG Building, at the east end of Fowler Street wasn’t the original plan Greg and Amy Ford had in mind. 

The couple had been looking for a small piece of land to build a small metal warehouse for a shop and storage space. They wanted to be in close proximity to their other businesses, Brashear Electric and Columbia Park Marina, but as they searched for property, they found limited options.

The Fords liked the location at 1953 Fowler St. adjacent to Highway 240, but it wasn’t for sale and it was a lot more land than they were looking for. Greg reached out to the Rupp family, who owned the property at the time, and after several months of conversations and negotiation, they bought the two-acre parcel.

That’s when the plan evolved. They planned for their small shop and storage space but also space for multiple tenants. “We needed to build a building big enough to make the land purchase pencil,” Greg said.

The building has great highway frontage, so they wanted to make sure the building would pop, have character and great curb appeal, the Fords said.

Western Restaurant Supply & Design is one of the building tenants, leasing 9,430 square feet for its showroom. The company will stock and sell professional restaurant equipment, kitchen tools and supplies, chefware, and showcase a mobile test kitchen food truck. Its new space will include a 500-square-foot design center where customers can choose from samples to design tabletops, furniture, tables and chairs for their dining space. It also features a state-of-the-art conference room to meet with customers about design-build projects, including food trucks or trailers. TVs mounted throughout the store will play educational videos.

The FG Building layout was designed to house up to seven tenants in spaces about 4,800 square feet each, with the flexibility to increase the size for larger tenants.

The building’s seven storefronts feature a 12-by-14-foot overhead roll-up door in each bay at the front and back of the building and a loading dock on the east end of the building.

The building has 22,000 square feet available for lease. The remaining space can be built out for one tenant or up to four tenants. 

Wave Design Group of Kennewick served as the designer, architect and engineer for the project.

CRF Metal Works of Pasco and Watts Construction of Kennewick were the major subcontractors who played a huge role in the project’s successful completion, along with many other subcontractors’ hard work, the Fords said.

For leasing information, call Amy Ford at 509-531-2329 or email amy@fordgroup5.com.  

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