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Astria Health

Astria Health closing Yakima hospital in bankruptcy deal

Sunnyside, Toppenish hospitals to remain open Astria Regional Medical Center in Yakima is closing this month.   Its parent, Astria Health, announced that it failed to secure new financing for the 214-bed hospital this month as part of a larger bankruptcy deal that keeps hospitals open elsewhere in the Lower Yakima Valley.  The closure affects 463 employees, according to…

The Kennewick home builders who bought the 39-acre Harris Farm on the Columbia River in Pasco will build 500 to 600 townhomes and condominiums on the property. A separate buyer purchased two waterfront homes but has no immediate development plans. (Courtesy Musser Bros. Auctions)

Kennewick developers plan up to 600 homes on Pasco waterfront 

A pair of Kennewick homebuilders will construct 500 to 600 townhomes and condominiums on the Pasco waterfront after buying the former Harris Farm.  Ruslan Gorbatyuk and Peter Strizhak, who own Infinity Homes, Pro Made Construction and several other businesses in Kennewick, formed SG Land Management LLC to buy most of the farm at a November auction.  The duo, backed by investors, paid $4.5 million for 39 acres…

The Kennewick home builders who bought the 39-acre Harris Farm on the Columbia River in Pasco will build 500 to 600 townhomes and condominiums on the property. A separate buyer purchased two waterfront homes but has no immediate development plans. (Courtesy Musser Bros. Auctions)

2 bidders buy Harris Farm property for $5M

A prominent west Pasco farm will sprout homes after an unnamed developer bought the land at a recent auction.  The 45-acre Harris Farm sold for $5 million at a Nov. 14 auction conducted by Musser Bros. Auctions. The property at 11530 W. Court St. was sold in four parcels to two separate buyers. A private…

Boiada

Experienced new owners buy Brazilian steakhouse

Kennewick’s Boiada Brazilian Steakhouse will remain open after a seasoned operator bought the unique restaurant from its founders. Helia Vieira, a 20-year veteran of Fogo de Chao chain of high-end Brazilian restaurants, and his partner, Josiane Ballin, bought Boiada from its founders for $64,000. The deal includes a five-year lease for the 6,000-square-foot restaurant, as…

PSC-Flights

Celebrated LAX flight grounded amid poor performance

2020 will add second San Francisco flight, new Chicago flight United Airlines is canceling its daily flight between Pasco and Los Angeles International Airport, citing poor performance. But the Chicago-based airline is not abandoning the Tri-Cities Airport. In coming months, it will add a second daily flight to San Francisco International Airport and a red-eye…

The Tucannon Wind Farm near Dayton Washington in October 2014.

Say goodbye to coal in 2020 and hello to clean energy investments

The Northwest will take a giant step toward a future powered by cleaner energy in 2020 as four coal-burning plants go offline, including one 50 miles southwest of the Tri-Cities. Portland General Electric will complete its 10-year plan to mothball its 600-megawatt coal plant at the Port of Morrow in Boardman. Two of four coal…

Catholic Community Services of Eastern Washington wanted to build a $13.2 million, 52-unit residence to serve chronically homeless Tri-Citians in east Pasco.

Catholic Charities wants to house the homeless in Pasco

Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington is putting the finishing touches on a $13.2 million, 52-unit housing project to serve chronically homeless people in the Tri-Cities.  The Spokane-based religious charity has a deal pending with the city of Pasco for 2.25 acres of vacant land on Heritage Boulevard on Pasco’s east side. It is also finalizing…

Port of Benton exterior

Port of Benton chooses new director after rocky transition

Diahann Howard has been named the Port of Benton’s permanent executive director. Howard, a longtime port employee, had been serving as interim executive director since May, when Scott Keller retired after more than 30 years with the port. Howard, one of four finalists for the top job, officially accepted the job offer from the port’s…

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