Articles by Wendy Culverwell

Washington is set to ban single use plastic shopping bans on Jan. 1, but supporters expect a delay because of the pandemic and a possible shortage of bags made with postconsumer recycled paper. (Photo by TCAJOB)

Ban on single-use plastic bags takes effect Jan. 1, unless it doesn’t

The Covid-19 pandemic and a supply shortage could prevent a ban on single-use plastic bags from taking effect in Washington on Jan. 1. Gov. Jay Inslee signed a reusable bag bill — a plastic bag ban — into law in March after it passed in both the House and Senate. The state Department of Ecology…

Goodwill Industries of the Columbia paid $1.17 million for a 4.54-acre undeveloped site at Wrigley Drive and North Road 76 in a deal that closed shortly before Halloween. The property borders the Pasco Walmart, 4820 N. Road 68, to the north. A future store is planned. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Goodwill Industries secures future Pasco store site

Goodwill Industries of the Columbia will build a store in Pasco after securing a site next to Walmart. The store will mirror the newly built Kennewick Goodwill. However, it will not take shape for several years, said Ken Gosney, executive director for the nonprofit, which serves people with disabilities. Goodwill paid $1.17 million for a…

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KGH on track to become recovery center

The former Kennewick General Hospital will become a recovery center serving clients with drug addiction and mental health issues under a plan approved in late October by the Kennewick Public Hospital District Board. The district’s board of commissioners accepted a two-part feasibility study that lays the foundation to convert the hospital on Auburn Street into…

Sana Behavioral Hospital, a 16-bed psychiatric facility for those 55 and over, will open in the spring at 7319 W. Hood Place, near the Tri-Cities Cancer Center, in Kennewick. (Courtesy Sana Behavioral Health)

New in-patient facility to offer senior psychiatric care

The Tri-Cities isn’t often the second location for any growing chain. But it is for a Salt Lake City-based joint venture that is building psychiatric hospitals for seniors in the West. Sana Behavioral Health will open a $2.8 million, 16-bed hospital at 7319 W. Hood Place next spring. It will be the second of five…

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…

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