Articles by Wendy Culverwell

The 20,500-square-foot police station will be constructed at 7920 W. Van Giesen St. on a section of the former Tri-City Raceway. (Courtesy city of West Richland)

West Richland’s square ‘doughnut-shaped’ cop shop nears the starting line

West Richland expects to break ground on a new police station in January with the city’s police department tentatively set to move into its airy new building by the end of 2021.  Chief Ben Majetich updated the city council on the project’s status at its virtual meeting Oct. 20.  The 20,500-square-foot police station will be constructed at 7920 W. Van…

The Port of Kennewick’s Columbia Gardens Urban Wine & Artisan Village and Clover Island are visible in the foreground. 
The Pasco shoreline is visible across the Columbia River in the background. (Courtesy PS Media/Port of Kennewick)

Market Overview: Covid chaos clouds future of Tri-City real estate

Tri-City real estate broker Charles Laird was vacationing in his native Scotland in March when national borders began to close because of the spreading threat of coronavirus. Laird and his family cut their trip short and headed home, a journey that included driving on Interstate 5 through pandemic-stricken Seattle. The chronically congested freeway was all…

Willow Pointe Apartments at 250 Battelle Blvd. in north Richland. (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

Residential Growth: If Covid can’t slow the Tri-City housing market, nothing can

A pandemic, choking smoke and a polarizing national election did little to dampen demand for new and existing homes in the Tri-Cities as the calendar flipped toward the final quarter of 2020. More homes sold for higher prices. Unemployment increased, driven up in part because more people were seeking work. New home construction fell, but…

Vista Field in Kennewick. (Courtesy Port of Kennewick)

Commercial Real Estate: Construction industry watching to see how Covid-19 rewrites Tri-Cities’ big plans

The Tri-Cities is coming off a banner year for commercial construction. New schools dot the region. A new cold storage warehouse is taking shape in north Pasco. Kennewick’s Vista Field is stocked with utility lines, paved streets, lamps and a water feature, waiting for private developers to build an urban village in the heart of…

Michele Gerber of the Benton Franklin Recovery Coalition has long pushed for residential treatment for substance abuse and mental health disorders. The Trios Women’s and Children’s Hospital will become Two Rivers Rehabilitation Center under a plan set in motion two years ago and now coming to fruition. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Old Kennewick hospital eyed for mental health, addiction center

The Tri-Cities — Washington’s only metro without a detox and drug rehabilitation facility — could see a 1950s-era hospital in the heart of Kennewick renovated to meet the growing need for local services. The former Kennewick General Hospital, currently used a birthing center by Trios Health, will become the Two Rivers Rehabilitation Center under a…

The former Tri-City Herald building at 333 W. Canal Drive has welcomed two new tenants. (Courtesy SVN Retter & Co.)

Herald building tenants raise fortunes of downtown area

The former Tri-City Herald building, the largest and newest privately-owned office building in downtown Kennewick, has new tenants. Vivid Learning Systems, owned by private equity-backed Health & Safety Institute, leased space at 333 W. Canal Drive, a decision that promises to bring more professionals to downtown Kennewick and bolster the fortunes of businesses in the…

1825 George Washington Way, Richland.

A McDonald’s, a Taco Bell and 2 Arby’s get overhauls. Coincidence?

At least five fast-food restaurants in the Tri-Cities are being remodeled — from plumbing upgrades to major overhauls that entail tearing out playgrounds and walls, remodeling bathrooms and kitchens and putting up the latest in electronic gadgetry. The remodels closed a McDonald’s in Kennewick’s Southridge area, a Taco Bell in north Richland and will affect…

Brian Kinner, food services manager at Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels, prepares volunteers on Sept. 23 to pass out hot and frozen meals in Richland for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic started. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Meals on Wheels returns to serving up curbside hot lunches

Kristi Thien and the staff and volunteers at Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels paced nervously in the parking lot. Would anyone come for hot meals, the first since the pandemic began? Senior Life Resources Northwest, which runs Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels, was about to pass out hot meals to seniors in a drive-thru format. The nonprofit…

Dr. Prabhjot “Jyoti” Kahlon, an emergency room physician, opened Health First Urgent Care in late August at 37 Columbia Point Drive, Richland. The clinic treats non-life-threatening conditions. (Courtesy Dr. Prabhjot “Jyoti” Kahlon)

ER doc opens urgent care clinic at Columbia Point

The Tri-Cities has a new urgent care clinic for patients with conditions that are not life threatening. Dr. Prabhjot “Jyoti” Kahlon, an emergency room veteran who has worked at both Kadlec Regional Medical Center and Lourdes Health, opened Health First Urgent Care on Aug. 31 at 37 Columbia Point Drive in Richland. Kahlon and her…

Site work was underway in early October for a new a fast-food restaurant and office at 2250 Keene Road near the Queensgate Drive intersection and next door to the newly relocated TacoTime. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Restaurant for lease in prominent Richland spot

A prominent Tri-City developer is building a fast-food restaurant and office at 2250 Keene Road, near Richland’s newly relocated TacoTime. Greg Markel of Washington Securities and Investments Corp. said the 4,000-square-foot mixed-use building is a spec, or speculative project, being built on the expectation it will lease when the building is complete. Markel said there…

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