October 2019

Tri-Cities Airport, 3601 N. 20th Ave., Pasco

Nonstop flights from Pasco to Chicago arrive in June

Travelers can hop a nonstop flight from Pasco to Chicago starting in June. United Airlines has announced it will begin offering red-eye flights to Chicago O’Hare International Airport beginning June 4, 2020. This is the first time that Tri-Cities Airport will have nonstop connection to Chicago, and it is also the airport’s first overnight flight,…

A Lep-Re-Kon Harvest Foods store is moving into the former Shopko Hometown building at 471 Wine Country Road in Prosser. (Courtesy Vanessa Guzmán)

New family-owned grocery store coming to Prosser

Harvest Foods will open in 2020 after renovation of vacant Shopko building A Lep-Re-Kon Harvest Foods store plans to renovate and move into the vacant Shopko Hometown building on Wine Country Road in Prosser next year. The 28,000-square-foot building will undergo an extensive renovation before it opens in 2020. The store will include a staffed…

Four parcels of Harris Farm will be auctioned off Nov. 14 by Musser Bros. of Pasco, a northwest auction marketing company. The 45 acres are north of Interstate 182 on the east banks of the Columbia River. (Courtesy Musser Bros.)

Pioneering Pasco farming family says it’s time to sell

Lurene Harris Fleshman sat at a table in her garage recently at Harris Farm, looking out at the land as she pondered what it would look like filled with houses and streets. “I’m not ever gonna look again!” she said with a chuckle, before admitting that yes, she’d want to see what it’d look like…

Port of Benton exterior

Port of Benton names 4 finalists for executive director job

Four finalists have been selected and interviewed for the Port of Benton executive director position. Port of Benton commissioners and John Hodgson from the Prothman search firm interviewed the candidates Oct. 22, but did not make a final decision. The commissioners asked the search firm to conduct additional background on the candidates. The four candidate…

Badger Canyon Apartments off Ridgeline Drive in Kennewick. (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

Market overview: Relief on horizon for housing shortage as prices skyrocket

The Tri-City construction market continues to add millions of dollars in new projects as home and commercial lease prices skyrocket. The average Tri-City home sale price did not dip below $300,000 for the first eight months of 2019. But area real estate experts say prices could begin to level off in 2020. “I think we’re…

Badger Mountain South development off Dallas Road in Richland. (Photo by UpAngle)

Residential growth: Home values rise as affordable housing options languish

As Tri-City home prices climb, so does their value. In the last three years, Vicki Monteagudo, broker-owner at Century 21 Tri-Cities and NAI Tri-Cities, said she’s observed a 10.4 percent home appreciation rate. “Some areas have hit double-digit appreciation in the last 12 months alone, especially in those more lower-end prices,” she said. The Tri-Cities ranks No. 8…

WoodSpring Suites construction on Tapteal Drive in Richland. (Photo by Shawna Dinh)

Commercial real estate: Costs continue to drive up prices

Commercial real estate agents cite years of ongoing growth for the Tri-Cities’ especially tight market today. “There’s a lot of leasing, a lot of sales, a lot of new construction going on,” said Rob Ellsworth, senior advisor at SVN | Retter & Co. in Kennewick. “Our market might even be too strong right now because…

Duportail Street bridge construction in Richland. (Photo by Taryn Harkness)

City of Richland: New bridge, developments to boost central district

Transformational projects in central Richland will add new housing options, transportation routes and businesses to the city’s core. The long-anticipated Duportail Street bridge is expected to open in fall 2020. The route will connect drivers from the Stevens Drive corridor to the Queensgate Drive retail hub, and provide easier access to locations in central Richland,…

Sunrise Ridge development off Olympia Street near Highway 397. (Courtesy Windermere Group One)

City of Kennewick: The reigning retail capital of the Tri-Cities

The city of Kennewick continues to grow at a steady clip, ushering in new commercial and residential growth anchored by recent developments along Columbia Center Boulevard and in the Southridge, Vista Field and downtown areas. There’s plenty of commercial development along Columbia Center Boulevard, including the opening of three popular new stores. Goodwill Industries of…


Numerica Credit Union off Road 100 in Pasco. (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

City of Pasco: Record-breaking growth pushes further west, north

By Andrew Kirk Pasco’s residential subdivisions continue to gobble up farmland and large buildings are sprouting up all over industrial zones. Franklin County is offering to let the city annex 4,800 acres of land to the north so it has room to grow, said Rick White, community and economic development director for Pasco. Prior to…

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