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Pasco investors recently spent $3.9 million to buy the 102,000-square-foot Tri-City Herald building on 333 W. Canal Drive in Kennewick. They plan to transform the downtown building into multi-tenant office space. (Courtesy SVN Retter & Co.)

Downtown changes coming with sale of Herald building

It took almost eight years and a lot of on-again, off-again negotiations with different prospective buyers, but the Tri-City Herald building in downtown Kennewick has new owners. Pasco investors Mike Detrick Sr., his son Mike Detrick Jr. and their wives bought the building at 333 W. Canal Drive for $3.9 million in October with plans…

Richland Tumbleweeds owner Keith Moon recently announced plans to raise food prices before the end of the year to offset the higher minimum wage requirement taking effect Jan. 1. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Minimum wage increase likely means higher costs for consumers

Tri-City fast food restaurant owners say there’s no way to avoid raising prices when the latest minimum wage increases kick in at the start of 2020, requiring workers be paid at least $13.50 an hour. “Anybody who thinks that prices aren’t going to go up, you’re fooling yourself,” said Tom Tierney, owner of the Tri-Cities’…

A solar-powered office building is planned for west Pasco on Wrigley Drive, offering class A office space just off the busy Road 68 thoroughfare. (Courtesy Dennis Gisi)

Developers plan $5M solar-powered commercial building in west Pasco

A “green” office building will brighten and lighten up a busy west Pasco neighborhood, courtesy of green paint and green energy. The Wrigley Place development is intended to be the first solar-powered commercial building in the Tri-Cities. Developer Dennis Gisi said Wrigley Drive LLC is behind the $5 million investment on Wrigley Drive, just west…

The city of Richland has identified several projects aimed at improving traffic congestion along its north-south routes. The top-ranked project involves eliminating traffic signals along Highway 240 for ramps, overpasses and underpasses. (Courtesy WSDOT)

Swapping signals for ramps may be best pick for Richland gridlock

Richland council to review final traffic report at Dec. 3 meeting Richland is close to deciding the best way to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion for drivers moving north and south through the city. The top-ranked project calls for removing a number of traffic signals at intersections along the bypass highway. The final proposal,…

Seth Kitzke, a Richland High graduate, is the head winemaker for Kitzke Cellars on Candy Mountain, which is likely to be Washington’s next American Viticultural Area. (Photo by Andy Perdue)

Candy Mountain may be Washington’s newest wine region

By Andy Perdue The American Viticultural Areas system in the United States is a way for the federal government to officially recognize a wine grape growing region. At this point, Washington has 14 federally approved AVAs. In the Tri-Cities, wineries and grape growers are awaiting approval of the state’s newest AVA: Candy Mountain. The brown…

Dmitry Hansen, left, recently earned a GED diploma and found a job, thanks to assistance offered by TC Futures and its director, Mark Wheaton, right. The Kennewick program provides career counseling, employment opportunities, on-the-job training, internships, apprenticeships and other employment-related services to young adults who left traditional high schools. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

TC Futures steps up to help youth heading into real world

Young adults can complete free, individualized program to earn GED diploma, get help finding a job The opening of TC Futures in Kennewick has created a home base for young adults looking to earn their GED diploma, get help finding a job or even wash laundry and grab a bite to eat. The site at…

Top five jobs

Top Tri-City jobs vary wildly by county

In the Tri-City area, retail jobs are among the top five most in demand. That’s according to the state’s recently released Employment Security Department’s employer demand reports. Retail salespeople, retail sales supervisors, registered nurses, physicians and surgeons, and teacher assistants were the top five jobs advertised online in August in Benton County. There were 144…

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Five reasons why women should work in the construction trades

The residential construction industry provides a rewarding career path for women. Builders and remodelers across Washington state are seeking skilled artisans and professionals, including carpenters, architects, engineers, plumbers, electricians and painters. In the U.S., women make up about 50 percent of the workforce, but only 9 percent of women work in the construction/home building industry,…

The city of West Richland expects to close on the former Tri-City Raceway before the end of the year, build a new police facility there and then begin wooing future tenants to the remaining 87 acres. (Courtesy city of West Richland)

City hopes new police station will anchor future growth

Port of Kennewick sells former raceway to city, which has big plans to develop it West Richland is close to completing its purchase of the Tri-City Raceway, paving the way for a new police station and a chance to woo future tenants to the property on the west end of town. City officials say moving…

A mixed-use building planned for downtown Kennewick will offer commercial space and luxury apartments in late spring 2021 at 19 W. Canal Drive. (Courtesy The Nineteen)

The Nineteen to arrive in downtown Kennewick in ’21

Investors moving forward with plans to break ground on multimillion dollar project in about six months Luxury apartments are coming to downtown Kennewick as part of a lofty new plan to add a five-story mixed-use building to the corner of West Canal Drive and North Auburn Street. Built from the ground up, the project, called…

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