Real Estate & Construction

Viking Homes purchased 84 of about 124 acres on Harrington Road near Twin Bridges Road in West Richland following a March auction conducted by Musser Bros. Auctions. It will build a residential neighborhood. (File photo)

Viking Homes plans West Richland development

A regional homebuilder will develop homes on a West Richland hillside near Twin Bridges Road. Viking Homes, which builds mid- to upper-priced homes in the Tri-Cities, Spokane and northern Idaho, paid $1.6 million for 84 undeveloped acres following an auction conducted March 19 by Musser Bros. Auctions of Pasco. Kam Singh of Richland paid $636,000…

Richland schools buys 30 acres for field improvements

The Richland School District recently bought 30 acres for $2 million for improved sports fields at Hanford High School as part of a bond passed by voters in 2017. The district finalized the land deal with Washington State University for the property west of Hanford High School, near the intersection of George Washington Way and…

The 94-room Comfort Suites Kennewick at Southridge hotel opens June 1 at 3703 Plaza Way in Kennewick. The opening was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy Comfort Suites Kennewick at Southridge)

$6.5M hotel opens – at last – with 94 rooms

The oft-delayed Comfort Suites Kennewick at Southridge opened June 1 after years of development. The 94-room value-oriented property is at 3703 Plaza Way in Kennewick. The $6.5 million hotel is owned by Kennewick Hotel Operations Inc. and managed by Spokane-based Hospitality Associates Inc. The project launched more than a decade ago under different ownership. The…

The River Lodge & Grill is building new riverside cabins next door to its campus at 6 Marine Drive NE in Boardman, Oregon. Two are available to reserve starting July 1. (Courtesy COHO Services)

Boardman hotel builds riverfront cabins with a view

Tri-Citians looking for change of scenery that doesn’t involve a long drive or flight can head about 50 miles south to stay in a riverside cabin with panoramic views of the Columbia River. The River Lodge & Grill in Boardman broke ground on two cabins, which will be ready to reserve starting July 1. And…

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Benton County offers $400K in grants for low-income housing

Benton County will award $400,000 in grants to support projects that provide affordable housing to low-income residents. Applications for the 2060 Affordable Housing Program grants are due by June 27 and can be requested by email: Mari.Clark@co.benton.wa.us. The grant budget is supported by recording fees people pay when they file documents with the county. The…

The main phase of the Duportail Bridge project is nearly complete with the second phase, reconstructing the intersection of Duportail Street and Highway 240, up next. This file photo was taken July 2019.

Apollo Inc. building second phase of Duportail Bridge

Editor’s note: This story is updated to reflect the award of a contract for the second phase of Richland’s Duportail Bridge project. Richland is preparing to move to the next phase of its $38 million Duportail Bridge project. The main phase — building the bridge over the Yakima River — is wrapping up. Now, Apollo…

The new Tapteal Elementary School in West Richland will be 65,000 square feet and built in the same location as the existing school. This means Tapteal students will spend a year at elementary school No. 11, currently under construction off Keene Road in West Richland, for the 2019-20 school year. (Photo: Richland School District)

Positive coronavirus test stops one school project, spares others

West Richland’s Tapteal Elementary will not open as planned this fall after construction stopped when a worker tested positive for the new coronavirus, which causes the deadly COVID-19. The shutdown is sending a ripple through the Richland School District’s construction schedule. Fowler Construction, the Richland contractor for the $20 million project, had previously informed the…

Total Site Services is wrapping up the $4.9 million  first phase of redeveloping the Port of Kennewick's Vista Field into a mixed-use village/

Vista Field looking less like an airfield, more like future neighborhood

The stage is almost set at Kennewick’s Vista Field for builders to install residential and commercial structures. Total Site Services is close to wrapping up construction of roads, utilities, a water feature and decorative streetlamps at the former municipal airfield in central Kennewick, east of Columbia Center. The Richland contractor was able to complete the…

Q&A

12 questions about contractors returning to job sites

The Building Industry Association of Washington has compiled a list of frequently asked questions for contractors returning to job sites after Gov. Jay Inslee amended the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order to allow some existing construction to resume if they comply with steps to hinder the spread of coronavirus.  Jackson Maynard, general counsel, provides guidance…

2564 Robertson Drive, Richland

Horn Rapids Commercial Space

Apex Construction of Kennewick completed a 7,500-square-foot steel building, insulated and finished, as a warehouse and available for lease for commercial or light industrial use in Horn Rapids Industrial Park. The building at 2564 Roberson Drive in Richland has two spaces, one 3,000 square feet and one with 4,500 square feet. Each has a bathroom…

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