Articles by Laura Kostad

Laura Kostad is a freelance reporter for the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business and Senior Times. After completing her bachelor’s degree in creative writing at the University of Washington in 2015, she moved to Kennewick to pursue new opportunities and launch her career. She has been with the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business since 2017 and has enjoyed getting to know her new community through journalism. In her spare time, she enjoys working on the many book ideas she has and the occasional poem.
The Tri-City housing market is beginning to stabilize into a more sustainable trend of incremental growth due to emerging market forces, said Jeff Losey, executive director of the Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities. However, this development off Gala Way in Richland near Badger Mountain is proof that housing projects haven’t dried up.

Hot Tri-City housing market showing signs of slowing down

The Tri-Cities’ red-hot housing market is beginning to show signs of cooling. After a multi-year trend of rapidly appreciating home values, the construction labor force is stretched thin, interest rates are on the rise and building material prices are up due to new tariffs. But that’s not to say new housing projects have ground to…

From left: Edwardo “Eddie” Morfin of Morfin Law Firm in Kennewick; Mario Ledesma of Ledesma Law Offices in Richland; Kari Hayles-Davenport of Kennewick; and Allison King and Patricia Chvatal of Chvatal King Law in Richland.

Legal Aid group honors area attorneys’ contributions

Each year about 4,000 people reach out to the Benton-Franklin Legal Aid Society for legal assistance. And each year Tri-City area attorneys donate their time to help those they can. The nonprofit society recently held its annual awards luncheon to recognize attorneys who significantly contributed to the organization’s efforts to find pro bono legal representation…

After 40 years of grape production and winemaking on Red Mountain, the two wineries that started it all are collaborating on a limited-edition Cabernet Sauvignon to celebrate their anniversary. Kiona Vineyards and Winery and Barnard Griffin will donate all proceeds from the wine’s sales to Second Harvest. Pictured, from left, are: Scott Williams, JJ Williams, Megan Hughes and Rob Griffin.

Red Mountain pioneers collaborate on Cabernet for a cause

Two Red Mountain wineries are collaborating on a special vintage this year in honor of their 40th anniversary. In 1978, Barnard Griffin’s founder Rob Griffin produced the first Red Mountain commercial wine using grapes grown by John Williams and Jim Holmes at their Kiona Estate vineyard outside Benton City. Forty years later, their kids and…

Officials from Tyson Fresh Meats in Wallula shared their company’s story of ongoing growth and success with Association of Washington Business officials when they visited the beef processing plant on the sixth day of the second annual Manufacturing Week statewide bus tour.

Tyson announces $36M expansion during statewide manufacturing tour

As an Association of Washington Business bus rolled into the parking lot of Tyson Fresh Meats bright and early on a recent morning in Wallula, many of the cattle slaughterhouse and beef processing plant’s 1,400 workers were arriving for work. Even more people will be joining them at their job site next year when a…

The Southridge area of south Kennewick continues to see new commercial construction projects, like this new building for STCU credit union at 4842 W. Hildebrand Blvd. The Spokane-based credit union also has plans to open branches in Pasco and Richland. (Photo: Scott Butner Photography)

Commercial real estate: local businesses drive development

Despite quick turnover of limited commercial real estate inventory and an ongoing demand for construction services, the Tri-City commercial real estate market continues to boom. “There is definitely a steady volume of construction that doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon,” said Scott Howard, executive director of the Tri-City Construction Council, the region’s plan…

The second phase of the Port of Kennewick’s Columbia Gardens Wine and Artisan Village is underway on Columbia Drive. It will feature a food truck plaza and a new tasting room building, scheduled for completion in 2019. (Photo: Port of Kennewick)

Port of Kennewick: progress continues on Columbia Gardens, Vista Field

The Port of Kennewick’s two biggest development projects aim to turn high-profile properties into thriving, multi-use areas that offer a sense of community. The port plans to seek bids by the end of 2018 for the first phase of the Vista Field redevelopment project, while the construction of infrastructure to support the second phase of…

Dancers and musicians like Jackson Martin, from left, Kyung-Ah Park, Bruce Walker and Cecilia Roddy look forward to the day when the Vista Arts Center opens in Kennewick. The 800-seat performing arts center will be at the Port of Kennewick’s Vista Field development. (Photo: Scott Butner Photography)

Vista Arts Center: group envisions dedicated place for arts

A 23-year-old group has stepped into the spotlight to raise money to open the Tri-Cities’ first performing arts center at Vista Field. The group has long said that the Tri-Cities doesn’t have a suitable, designated performance space to hold symphonies, Broadway shows, plays and ballets. “The idea is that Vista Field will become an arts…

Occupancy at the Port of Pasco’s Big Pasco Industrial Park has jumped from 52 percent to 82 percent with the signing of new tenants using the warehouse space to expand their businesses. (Photo: Shawna Dinh)

Port of Pasco: new development projects in works, on horizon

Over the past year, the Port of Pasco has been paving the way forward — in some cases, literally — on several new projects. Responsible for most of Franklin County, aside from the northeastern region, which is managed by the Port of Kahlotus, the Port of Pasco owns more than 3,000 acres and expects to…

The Port of Benton is overseeing a $1.8 million, 12,000-square-foot expansion for longtime tenant Chukar Cherries in Prosser. (Photos: Port of Benton)

Port of Benton to buy 71.5 acres of light industrial land in north Richland

The Port of Benton celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2018, but Stuart Dezember, the port’s director of finance, said the real celebration will be after the completion of several projects currently underway. Those include the completion of Chukar Cherries’ expansion and second phase of Vintner’s Village in Prosser, purchase of 71.5 acres in north Richland…

d's Wicked Cider

D’s Wicked Cider’s serving up barbecue as part of expanded menu

What do you get when you cross apple cider brews with an open pit barbeque? A new dining experience at d’s Wicked Cider House & Tasting Room in Kennewick, that’s what. Located at 9312 W. 10th Ave., d’s Wicked Cider recently introduced a full-scale restaurant menu to its offerings, providing visitors a full meal deal…

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