Construction + Real Estate

Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business’ full-color glossy magazine Focus: Construction + Real Estate in the Tri-Cities provides an overview of the area’s major real estate and construction projects and building trends in the area. This magazine is published in the fall.

Belmont Business District, Belmont Boulevard. (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

City of West Richland: City may hold key to Tri-City home shortage

As a city that doesn’t rely on sales tax revenue to fuel much of its budget, West Richland had an unexpected boost from the Covid-19 pandemic: more people began ordering online, sending “destination-oriented” sales tax revenue to the city’s coffers. “When you’re not dependent on sales tax, it’s actually benefited the city,” said Eric Mendenhall,…

Diahann Howard, executive director of the Port of Benton, center, reviews sewer plans for an expansion of the north Horn Rapids industrial area with Miles Thomas, director of economic development, left, and Roger Wright of RGW Enterprises, right.
(Courtesy Ross James Photography/Port of Benton)

Port of Benton: Critical foundation in place for 2021 projects

The first months of 2020 welcomed new members to the Port of Benton “We were in the middle of a transition,” said Diahann Howard, executive director for the port, whose jurisdiction includes a population of about 56,050 and a budget totaling $14 million in 2020. Howard, who became executive director in December 2019, hired a…

Kennewick’s Clover Island. (Courtesy Kim Fetrow Photography/Port of Kennewick)

Port of Kennewick: They’ve built it, now they’re ready for them to come

Kennewick’s Clover Island.  |  Courtesy Kim Fetrow Photography/Port of The dust seems to have settled at Port of Kennewick developments — for the moment. Construction of infrastructure and landscaping wrapped up for phase one of Vista Field and two additional wineries and five food trucks have moved in at Columbia Gardens Urban Wine & Artisan…

Rendering of a proposed hotel and marketplace at the site. (Courtesy JMS Development)

Port of Pasco: Industrial land in high demand

The Port of Pasco’s Processing Center is at capacity, and it has sold all the lots at the Foster Wells Business Park. It’s also moving ahead with plans to develop Osprey Pointe and a new industrial center. The port knows industrial land is in high demand and has been working to accommodate growth in this…

Richland School District Teaching, Learning  & Administration Center, 6972 Keene Road, West Richland. (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

K-12 Education: Pandemic doesn’t slow new school projects

It’s been an unprecedented year for Tri-City public school districts in the wake of the pandemic. Though students left classrooms in March 2020 and then started the year with remote learning, the districts’ construction projects have been chugging along. Richland School District The most recent state data shows 2019-20 enrollment for the Richland School District…

WSU Tri-Cities academic building, 2710 Crimson Way, Richland. (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

Higher Education: CBC, WSU-Tri-Cities building for a future when students return to campus

The Tri-Cities’ higher education campuses don’t have many students on campus this fall. The coronavirus pandemic sent the majority to remote learning platforms at Washington State University Tri-Cities and Columbia Basin College for the fall. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t planning for their students’ eventual return to campus. Both institutions are moving ahead with…