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Badger Canyon Apartments off Ridgeline Drive in Kennewick. (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

Market overview: Relief on horizon for housing shortage as prices skyrocket

The Tri-City construction market continues to add millions of dollars in new projects as home and commercial lease prices skyrocket. The average Tri-City home sale price did not dip below $300,000 for the first eight months of 2019. But area real estate experts say prices could begin to level off in 2020. “I think we’re…

Badger Mountain South development off Dallas Road in Richland. (Photo by UpAngle)

Residential growth: Home values rise as affordable housing options languish

As Tri-City home prices climb, so does their value. In the last three years, Vicki Monteagudo, broker-owner at Century 21 Tri-Cities and NAI Tri-Cities, said she’s observed a 10.4 percent home appreciation rate. “Some areas have hit double-digit appreciation in the last 12 months alone, especially in those more lower-end prices,” she said. The Tri-Cities ranks No. 8…

WoodSpring Suites construction on Tapteal Drive in Richland. (Photo by Shawna Dinh)

Commercial real estate: Costs continue to drive up prices

Commercial real estate agents cite years of ongoing growth for the Tri-Cities’ especially tight market today. “There’s a lot of leasing, a lot of sales, a lot of new construction going on,” said Rob Ellsworth, senior advisor at SVN | Retter & Co. in Kennewick. “Our market might even be too strong right now because…

Duportail Street bridge construction in Richland. (Photo by Taryn Harkness)

City of Richland: New bridge, developments to boost central district

Transformational projects in central Richland will add new housing options, transportation routes and businesses to the city’s core. The long-anticipated Duportail Street bridge is expected to open in fall 2020. The route will connect drivers from the Stevens Drive corridor to the Queensgate Drive retail hub, and provide easier access to locations in central Richland,…

Sunrise Ridge development off Olympia Street near Highway 397. (Courtesy Windermere Group One)

City of Kennewick: The reigning retail capital of the Tri-Cities

The city of Kennewick continues to grow at a steady clip, ushering in new commercial and residential growth anchored by recent developments along Columbia Center Boulevard and in the Southridge, Vista Field and downtown areas. There’s plenty of commercial development along Columbia Center Boulevard, including the opening of three popular new stores. Goodwill Industries of…


Numerica Credit Union off Road 100 in Pasco. (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

City of Pasco: Record-breaking growth pushes further west, north

By Andrew Kirk Pasco’s residential subdivisions continue to gobble up farmland and large buildings are sprouting up all over industrial zones. Franklin County is offering to let the city annex 4,800 acres of land to the north so it has room to grow, said Rick White, community and economic development director for Pasco. Prior to…

Multifamily housing with 33 units on five acres off Bombing Range Road in West Richland. (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

City of West Richland: Residential projects continue to outpace commercial sector

By Andrew Kirk The Tri-City’s bedroom community saw continued residential growth in 2019 and more is on the horizon. West Richland issued 86 residential building permits for the first half of 2019, compared to 42 during the same period last year. The Heights at Red Mountain Ranch, the largest residential development project ever approved by…

Vista Field construction. (Courtesy Port of Kennewick)

Port of Kennewick: Projects aim to transform city center, riverfront areas

Port of Kennewick projects to transform more than 100 acres in Kennewick’s retail core and a neglected waterfront into pedestrian-focused developments are taking shape. The $4.9 million first phase of the Vista Field development is expected to be completed in January 2020. The project lays the groundwork to turn the former air field into a vibrant, urban,…

Pasco wharf east of the cable bridge. (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

Port of Pasco: Warehouses, airport, wharf developments – oh my!

By Andrew Kirk The Port of Pasco’s key properties continue to see interest, growth and improvements. The port manages the Tri-Cities Airport and the marine terminal east of the cable bridge, and promotes the development of land on multiple sites in east Pasco to boost the economy in south Franklin County. The port’s operations and…

Vintner’s Village off Merlot Drive in Prosser. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Port of Benton: New projects taking shape in PNNL’s neighborhood

By Andrew Kirk Port of Benton property not far from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is changing hands as plans are hatched to develop industrial flex space in north Richland. The Port of Benton manages 2,756 acres in the north, central and west side of Benton County, including 50 buildings on 12 sites, 16 miles of short-rail line,…

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