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A new gas station and convenience store that will feature a fast-food chicken restaurant is under construction in the Badger Mountain South development, north of Rancho Reata, at 5151 Trowbridge Blvd., just off Dallas Road. The original plan put the housing development’s completion at 2030, but following a slow start, the revised date is now 2037. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Construction on south side of mountain points to more growth

Signs of new construction on the south side of Badger Mountain—including a new service station and convenience store that will include a fast-food chicken restaurant—signal more growth coming to the planned development that’s been years in the making. Badger Mountain South’s owner and developer Nor Am Investments has an end-goal of building 5,000 household units,…

A $26 million manufacturing plant that will make cardboard boxes in north Richland is under construction and expected to open in mid-November, bringing with it 100 new jobs. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Construction on $26M box-making plant underway in Richland

Packaging Corporation of America plans to hire 100 people, open in mid-November Construction is underway on a $26 million cardboard box manufacturing plant that eventually will employ 100 people in the Horn Rapids Industrial Park in Richland. Packaging Corporation of America, an Illinois-based company, expects to open the plant in mid-November. The city of Richland…

Crews made quick work of a 1940s-era building in the Richland Parkway that was once home to The Brass Door. It’s been vacant for years. Work on a replacement building at 702 The Parkway should begin soon, with a targeted finish by spring. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Cocktail bar coming to Richland Parkway

A high-end craft bar will open in a new Richland Parkway building next year after crews made short of work of demolishing the space that’s languished unoccupied for years. The site at 702 The Parkway—which shares a courtyard with Frost Me Sweet, near the fountain—is almost ready for construction planned at the site, which will…

Windsong at Southridge, a 56-bed memory care facility near Quillan Place and 24th Street in Kennewick, is Vista Pointe Developers’ first Washington state property. The company sees growth potential in the Tri-Cities. (Photo by Andrew Kirk)

Tri-Cities’ hot market attracts outside buyers

By Andrew Kirk A woman from Hawaii recently bought a home in Tri-Cities with cash and outbid other buyers by $10,000. Real estate shoppers from Seattle, Portland, California and beyond are a growing trend in Tri-Cities, said Dave Shinabarger, president of the Tri-City Association of Realtors. Lance Kenmore of the Kenmore Team in Kennewick said…

A Grocery Outlet is planned for the Queensgate area of Richland and set to open next year. It will be next door to Party City, near Target. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Grocery store headed to Richland’s Queensgate area

California-based chain has stores in Pasco, Kennewick A third Grocery Outlet store is coming to the Tri-Cities, putting a “bargain market” in each of the three cities. The latest will be in the Queensgate area of Richland, next door to Party City near Target. Richland is reviewing a permit for the proposed project at 2901…

The city of Richland is actively looking to sell the property that was once home to its City Hall. Nearly three acres is available in the heart of downtown but it must be the right project for Richland to sign off on a sale.

8 questions about sale of Richland’s old City Hall

Now that the city of Richland has moved into its new City Hall, what’s going on with the property across the street where the old city complex is? The city is clearing out and demolishing its former City Hall at 505 Swift Blvd. and 975 George Washington Way. The site is expected to be fully…

Courtesy Tidewater Terminal Co. Tidewater Terminal Co.’s two new storage tanks at 671 Tank Farm Road in Pasco mean the company is ready to store ethanol and petroleum for offloading onto train cars more quickly, expanding its capacity. (Photo courtesy Tidewater Terminal Co.)

Pasco ethanol facility expands capacity

Tanks will allow Tidewater Terminal Co. to deliver ethanol-petroleum throughout region A $12.5 million ethanol facility is coming online in August at the Tidewater Terminal Co. in Pasco. “Right now we’re going through our testing phase to make sure all our set points are where they need to be,” said Mark Davis, general manager of…

Cara Coon of Greater Spokane Incorporated moderated the Developing Housing Options panel in the Land Use and Supply breakout session at the 2019 Housing Forum. From left: Todd McKellips, executive director of the Washington Tiny House Association; Courtney Williams of Homes First; and Mike Kingsella of Up for Growth Action. The forum was held at the Hilton Bellevue on July 8. (Photo: Brian Mittge/AWB)

Housing becoming an issue for state’s long-term economic health

By Kris Johnson We hear about skyrocketing home prices in places like Seattle, San Francisco and New York and shake our heads. Modest three-bedroom ramblers going for $1 million or more. Hopeful homebuyers engaging in bidding wars, sometimes buying houses sight-unseen, or skipping inspections to ensure someone else doesn’t close the deal first. But the…

Three Rivers Elementary School, 3901 Road 84, Pasco

Three Rivers Elementary ready to serve 800 students

Three Rivers Elementary School is the Pasco School District’s 16th elementary school. The two-story school features 72,842 square feet of space at 3901 Road 84 Pasco, north of Chiawana High School. It also is home to a new inclusive playground that will ensure all students can engage in playground activities. It will be the first…

Richland School District Elementary No. 11, 2100 Sunshine Ave., West Richland

Richland School District completes Elementary No. 11

The Richland School District’s newest elementary school doesn’t have a name yet, though it opens for students on Aug. 28. The school off Belmont Boulevard at 2100 Sunshine Ave. in West Richland will temporarily house students and staff from Tapteal Elementary School this school year, and potentially Badger Mountain Elementary the following school year, before…

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