Articles by Wendy Culverwell

Construction workers frame a new home in a new subdivision in west Pasco. New home construction is down 27% in the Tri-Cities, but local officials aren’t worried. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Homebuilding slows in the Tri-Cities but demand goes on

Four interest rate hikes and a supply chain that adds months to the delivery for everything involved with homebuilding is curtailing new home construction in the Tri-Cities. Local homebuilders secured permits for 768 homes in the first seven months of 2022, according to HBA research. That is down from the 1,055 issued in the same…

Darcy Sherman, operations manager for Tri-Cities Animal Shelter and Control Service, plays with Quinto, an unchipped stray who is good with cats and ready for adoption, at the Pasco animal shelter. Pasco expects to break ground in November on new quarters for the animal control service. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Pasco is poised to build long-awaited animal shelter

The city is Pasco is preparing to replace the aging building that houses Tri-Cities Animal Shelter and Control Service on the city’s Columbia River waterfront. The city has submitted plans for a 10,000-square-foot facility for review under the State Environmental Protection Act or SEPA – years after it first collaborated with the cities of Kennewick…

Laurie McCoy, left, owner of Mail by the Mall, and Ashley Bobiles, store manager, celebrate the move to a new location near the Olive Garden. Their old building on Gage Boulevard stood in the path of the future Center Parkway extension, which will link Gage to Tapteal Drive near Columbia Center mall. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell )

Mail by the Mall moves out of the path of Center Parkway extension

Mail by the Mall, the feisty, independent mailbox business in the path of the future Center Parkway extension, has moved. The business started by Laurie McCoy and her late mother Dee is staying true to its name after moving into leased quarters “by the mall” at 1360 N. Louisiana St., Suite A. The new spot…

John Heaton, president and founder of Pay Plus Benefits Inc. in Kennewick, said the challenge of administering out-of-state employees is overlooked in breathless reporting about workers leaving high-cost cities such as Seattle for lower-cost ones such as Boise. Pay Plus created a business to address it. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Kennewick company answers the call when remote workers hit the road

Muncie, Indiana, is offering $5,000 cash for remote workers who move to the town an hour northwest of Indianapolis. Muncie, home to Ball State University, is one of dozens of towns in dozens of states competing for well-paid workers on, a website helping towns woo remote workers who can live anywhere. John Heaton, president…

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA. (Courtesy Andrea Starr, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

New commercialization director brings can-do spirit to PNNL tech transfer

With apologies to the Farmers Insurance ad, Christina Lomasney knows a thing or two because she’s seen a thing or two. She studied physics to become a professor, then launched two businesses that overcame improbable odds to success. As director of commercialization for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, she draws on all her experience to…

Hawthorn Construction Group, based in Salem, Oregon, broke ground in May on Riverwalk Estates, a 149-unit, $40 million assisted and independent living home for seniors at 4704 W. Hildebrand Blvd. in Kennewick. Its sister company, Hawthorn Senior Living, will operate the facility. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

$40M senior complex takes shape near Canyon Lakes

An Oregon company that builds and operates residential facilities for seniors broke ground in May on Riverwalk Estates, a 149-unit, $40 million facility that will provide assisted and independent units near Canyon Lakes. Salem-based Hawthorn Construction Group is building the four-story facility off Highway 395 at 4704 W. Hildebrand Blvd., behind Dugout Sports Bar and…

Samantha Schneider, left, has bought Magnolia Music Studio from Cynthia Vaughn, right. Schneider will change the name to Creative Music Learning Center Richland, just in time for fall music lessons. (Courtesy Lindsey Schifferl Photography)

Richland studio changes hands, but the music plays on

The title will be changing soon at Richland’s Magnolia Music Studio, but the love for making and teaching music will continue. Magnolia Music Studio is being sold by Cynthia Vaughn to Samantha Schneider, who takes over ownership on Aug. 1. Schneider will change the name to Creative Music Learning Center Richland just in time for…

A train navigates the Port of Benton’s short line railroad near the Chamna Nature Preserve in south Richland in this 2020 file photo. The port evicted Tri-City Railroad Co., its longtime rail operator, in June after suing to terminate its lease because of maintenance issues. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Tri-City Railroad Co. evicted from Richland railroad

The Port of Benton evicted the longtime operator of its railroad track network in June after a Benton County court ruled the tenant breached its duty to maintain the tracks. Tri-City Railroad Co., which operated the port’s southern connection, was found in default of its lease for failing to maintain the rail system. Deteriorating conditions…

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Restaurant becomes clinic

Pasco’s former Cousin’s restaurant is being converted into an urgent care clinic by Drs. Prabhjot “Jyoti” Kahlon and Janmeet “Rocky” Sahota. The couple opened the original HealthFirst Urgent Care in 2020 at Richland’s Columbia Point. The clinics are led by Kahlon, an emergency room veteran. The couple paid $2.3 million for the former restaurant at…


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