Real Estate & Construction

Construction is underway on a 7,363-square-foot building with room for at least one restaurant and a drive-thru in the JCPenney parking lot at Columbia Center mall in Kennewick (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Burgers, pizza and coffee. Here’s who’s moving into that new building at Columbia Center

Starbucks Co. and Habit Burger expect to join MOD Pizza in a new strip mall taking shape in front of JCPenney at Columbia Center in Kennewick. The 7,363-square-foot building is being built on land recently sold to a Yakima developer known for building strip malls and hotels. Hogback Development Co., led by Chris Waddle, bought…

1080 George Washington Way, Richland. (Photo by Chad Utecht)

Porter’s Real Barbecue to move from Parkway to GWay 

The Tri-Cities’ favorite homegrown barbecue joint is moving out of the Richland spot where it all started.  Porter’s Real Barbecue announced on Facebook it will move the Richland restaurant to a new strip mall at 1080 George Washington Way, near Homewood Suites by Hilton.  The original Porter’s at The Parkway will close by the end of May.  The move doesn’t affect Porter’s Kennewick or Pasco locations.  Porter’s said…

Excavation is underway on a 7,363-square-foot building with room for at least one restaurant and a drive-thru in the JCPenney parking lot at Columbia Center mall in Kennewick (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

UPDATE: MOD Pizza coming to Kennewick this summer

MOD Pizza confirms it will open its second Tri-City location this summer.  MOD, specializing in made-to-order pizza and salads, will be one of three businesses housed in a new strip mall taking shape in the parking lot of Columbia Center mall, the region’s largest retail center.   Charlotte Wayte, spokeswoman for Seattle-based MOD Pizza, said the chain will lease 2,500-square-feet and…


Somali immigrant opens small retail market in Kennewick

A new store catering to east African immigrants with halal meat, handmade furniture and clothing from Turkey has opened in Kennewick. Elias Reda and his family opened Elias Halal and Designer Imports at 4603 W. Clearwater Ave., a storefront tucked next to Leisure Pool & Spa and across from Winco Foods, in a space once…

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)

Richland denied $29M grant for new Aaron Drive bridge

Richland will continue to seek new funding sources after it was denied a federal grant to build a bridge at Aaron Drive to relieve bottlenecks created at the intersection of the bypass highway and Interstate 182. The city had hoped to secure a $29 million grant for a flyover, or overpass, at the site that…

The vacant restaurant space at the left of the building at 2673 Queensgate Drive in Richland will be home to Chipotle Mexican Grill after a $561,000 remodeling project. Photo by Kristina Lord.

Chipotle adding Queensgate location

Chipotle Mexican Grill is taking over the former Qdoba Mexican Eats spot at Vintner Plaza in Richland’s Queensgate neighborhood.  Alegis Construction Inc. is remodeling the space for the new tenant. The project is valued at $561,000, according to the permit issued by the city of Richland.  The restaurant will be at 2673 Queensgate Drive.  It will join the chain’s original Tri-City spot at 1102…

Windsong at Southridge’s Executive Director Drew Percival, left, and 
Community Relations Manager Becky Lepinski are excited to welcome residents to the Tri-Cities’ newest residential memory care community when it opens in March. Photo by Kristina Lord.

New Kennewick memory care home to open this spring

Kennewick’s newest residential memory care facility had plans to open this month but the state agency in charge of licensing assisting living facilities likely won’t issue one until March. It typically takes the state Department of Social and Health Services four to six months to process assisted living facility license applications, according to state officials.…

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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…

(Courtesy Port of Kennewick)

Santiago plans $5 million manufactured home park

Santiago Communities Inc. wants to build a 200-unit manufactured home community near the Kennewick water treatment plant to offer affordable housing in a tight residential market. The Santa Ana, California-based manufactured home developer submitted a letter of interest to buy 26 acres from the Port of Kennewick for $831,400. If approved, the port will retain…

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