Documents filed under Washington’s environmental review process reveal a long list of projects in the works for the Mid-Columbia.
The State Environmental Review Act, or SEPA, often provides the first look at the mixed-use projects, mini storage facilities, apartments, industrial expansions, subdivisions and more that are working their way through the various planning departments in Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla counties.
Here’s a look at projects that hit the SEPA register in the past month.
The mixed-use development will bring 4,500 square feet of commercial feet and 20,000 square feet of apartment space to 725 W. Clearwater Ave., near Catholic Parish of The Holy Spirit.
Paul Knutzen of Knutzen Engineering is representing the owner. SEPA documents indicate the project will seek permits this fall and construction will begin during the winter, with an unspecified number of apartments ready for renters in summer 2024 and the commercial space in winter 2024.
The apartments will serve about 48 residents and the commercial space will serve up to 15 workers.
Wellhouse Heights Townhomes
Five residential townhomes will be built on a 0.43-acre site at Thayer Drive and Duportail Street.
Paul Knutzen of Knutzen Engineering applied for a preliminary plat approval on behalf of the owners, Timothy and Kathryn Bush Trustees.
The property is bordered by single-family homes, a church and Lawless Park. Access will be off Duportail Street and Thayer Drive via shared private driveways.
Construction is anticipated to begin in spring 2023.
Queensgate Transit Hub
Ben Franklin Transit is building a transit hub at 691 Windmill Road in Richland, near Queensgate Drive and Columbia Park Trail.
The project fronts an existing parking lot and will offer bus bays, a rest area for drivers and other transit-friendly amenities.
Kevin Sliger of Ben Franklin Transit is the applicant.
The city of Richland has determined there will not be a probable significant impact on the environment. Construction is expected to begin in fall 2022.
H&R Elite Trucking Academy
Juan Rojas of Prosser has proposed opening a commercial driver training facility at 2020 N. Garland St.
The property includes an 1,800-square-foot office building on 2.25 acres. The project requires a special permit from the city of Pasco.
It will employ five. The business began in Sunnyside and currently operates in Prosser, according to its application.
The site is zoned for light industrial use.
Burbank Business Distribution Warehouse
Suncap Property Group of Denver submitted a proposal to build a 104,000-square-foot light industrial/distribution building with office space at Second Avenue and Poplar Street in the Burbank Business Park, which is owned and operated by the Port of Walla Walla.
Walla Walla County has determined it will not have a significant adverse impact on the environment.
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