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.

Benton and Franklin counties are embarking on smaller capital projects in the coming year.

Benton & Franklin counties: Benton County wraps admin project, while Franklin eyes several smaller projects

Benton County, home to nearly 209,300 people in 2021, is wrapping up construction of a new administration building at its justice center campus in Kennewick. The administration building is the largest undertaking by either Benton or Franklin county in 2021. Franklin County, with a population just 500 people shy of the 100,000 mark, has several…

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What a difference a year makes

It’s time for the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business’ deep dive into all things related to construction and real estate. Readers will find the 64-page Focus magazine inserted in this month’s edition of the paper. It is a strikingly different publication than issue we published in 2020, when coronavirus shutdowns were altering the landscape. Online…

The Port of Kennewick’s Columbia Gardens Urban Wine & Artisan Village and Clover Island are visible in the foreground. 
The Pasco shoreline is visible across the Columbia River in the background. (Courtesy PS Media/Port of Kennewick)

Market Overview: Covid chaos clouds future of Tri-City real estate

Tri-City real estate broker Charles Laird was vacationing in his native Scotland in March when national borders began to close because of the spreading threat of coronavirus. Laird and his family cut their trip short and headed home, a journey that included driving on Interstate 5 through pandemic-stricken Seattle. The chronically congested freeway was all…

Willow Pointe Apartments at 250 Battelle Blvd. in north Richland. (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

Residential Growth: If Covid can’t slow the Tri-City housing market, nothing can

A pandemic, choking smoke and a polarizing national election did little to dampen demand for new and existing homes in the Tri-Cities as the calendar flipped toward the final quarter of 2020. More homes sold for higher prices. Unemployment increased, driven up in part because more people were seeking work. New home construction fell, but…

Vista Field in Kennewick. (Courtesy Port of Kennewick)

Commercial Real Estate: Construction industry watching to see how Covid-19 rewrites Tri-Cities’ big plans

The Tri-Cities is coming off a banner year for commercial construction. New schools dot the region. A new cold storage warehouse is taking shape in north Pasco. Kennewick’s Vista Field is stocked with utility lines, paved streets, lamps and a water feature, waiting for private developers to build an urban village in the heart of…

Kennewick Fire Station 3, 6941 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

City of Kennewick: Tax dollars keep hammers swinging

Government-funded projects are keeping construction workers busy in Kennewick despite the recession. Multiple commercial and residential projects are underway in every area of the city, and the largest are funded by the city, Benton County, Kennewick School District and Port of Kennewick, said Evelyn Lusignan, the city of Kennewick’s spokeswoman. “Development activity is down from…