Articles by Wendy Culverwell

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UPDATE: Washington adding more than 2,000 hospital beds in coronavirus fight

The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating a health crisis that has claimed more than 120 rural hospitals in recent years.  As Washington residents adapt to Gov. Jay Inslee’s Stay Home Stay Healthy order to stay home to contain the spread of coronavirus, the state is racing to add more hospital beds to handle the influx of patients.  The Washington Department of Health…

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How you can help seniors feel less isolated by coronavirus outbreak 

The unprecedented effort to slow the spread of coronavirus has altered many aspects of daily life.  As Tri-Citians adapt, organizations serving seniors are racing to support those hit heaviest by the new normal – those age 60 and over, particularly those with underlying conditions such as heart or lung disease.  While details are still sketchy, the effort comes with a…

JMS Development of the Tri-Cities is negotiating an agreement with the Port of Pasco to develop the 55-acre Osprey Pointe, one of the only properties along the local Columbia River shoreline that is not behind a levee. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Tri-City developer steps up as Osprey Pointe’s newest partner

The Port of Pasco has a new partner to carry out its vision of an active community at its prized Osprey Pointe property on the Columbia River. JMS Development, led by James Sexton, has signed a letter of intent to work with the port to develop the 55-acre park-like property in east Pasco. A development…

The Arts Center Task Force won’t build its 800-seat performing arts center at Vista Field in Kennewick. The nonprofit notified the Port of Kennewick it won’t seek to renew an agreement for 2.2 acres at Vista Field and is pursuing public funding elsewhere, possibly in Richland, instead. (Courtesy Arts Center Task Force)

Arts center group pulls out of Vista Field over funding

A nonprofit with a bold plan to build a performing arts center at the heart of Kennewick’s Vista Field has pulled out, saying it intends to pursue taxpayer funding in Richland. The Vista Arts Center vision is still very much alive, but the financial model has shifted to a public-private partnership, said Steven Wiley, chairman…

Ron Swanby, owner of Swampy’s BBQ Sauce & Eatery, says it’s time for the region’s food truck operators to unite and advocate for their industry. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Food truck owners unite to tackle barriers to growth

Editor’s note: Ron Swanby is one of the co-founders of the new Southeastern Washington Food Truck Association, formed to give a voice to food trucks in this region. A version of the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business story about the new association is below this update from Ron, given March 20. The original story has…

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Former Tri-Citian of the Year Fran Forgette retires after 40 years of practicing law

This story has been updated to reflect that the Tri-Citian of the Year banquet scheduled for April 23 has been postponed for coronavirus. Fran Forgette famously stepped out of the room when during the 2001 Tri-Citian of the Year banquet, unaware he was the guest of honor. The speaker dragged out the introduction until a…

A1 Hospitality of Kennewick opened the 99-room Courtyard by Marriott Pasco on Feb. 18 at the Tri-Cities Airport. Now, the family-owned company is shifting its focus to ambitious plans to build a four-star hotel at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. (Courtesy city of Kennewick)

A1 Hospitality shifts focus to four-star hotel

A1 Hospitality isn’t quite finished   celebrating the opening of its newest Tri-City hotel, the Courtyard by Marriott in Pasco. The 99-room hotel opened Feb. 18 at the entrance to the Tri-Cities Airport. The $10 million hotel employs more than 30 and combines the amenities of an upscale property—fitness center, pool, bar and restaurant, plush rooms—with…

A 124-acre site near North Harrington Road and Twin Bridges Road in West Richland will be sold for residential development in March. It could rival the newly started Heights at Red Mountain Ranch in size with room for roughly 500 single-family homes.

Sleepy hillside in West Richland to be auctioned for new homes

A hilly pasture near Twin Bridges Road in West Richland is being auctioned for residential development. At nearly 125 acres, the Twin Bridges property could rival the scale of The Heights at Red Mountain Ranch. The Heights is a new development just beginning to take shape on 148 acres of farmland near Rupert Road and…

A western Washington couple recently paid $10.45 million for the building that houses At Home furnishings store at 867 N. Columbia Center Blvd. in Kennewick.

At Home has a new landlord in Kennewick

At Home, Kennewick’s new home furnishings store near Columbia Center, has a new landlord. A western Washington couple paid $10.45 million for the building and property, which is leased to At Home, the Dallas, Texas-based retailer that moved in after Shopko dissolved in bankruptcy The deal is notable for the price and for the interest…

The Richland Target is getting a $1.8 million remodel that includes a nursing room, more room for online sales pickups and a brighter, more tech-centric decor. Target plans to complete updates to 1,000 stores by the end of 2020. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Richland Target getting a $1.8M update, nursing room, more tech

The Richland Target is getting a $1.8 million remodel that boosts technology, product displays and provides private space for nursing mothers. The local Target is one of 1,000 being updated by the end of the year, said Liz Hancock, a spokeswoman for the Minneapolis-based retail chain. The city of Richland issued permits for the project…

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