Real Estate & Construction Files – August 2021

Goodwill opens donation center in West Richland

Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Inc. has opened a new assisted donation center at 3250 Kennedy Road in West Richland.

The center has a covered area for customers as well as a loading dock to facilitate distribution. The building measures 1,200 square feet and includes storage space, a break room and washrooms.

The Power of Giving Goodwill’s mission to “Change Lives Through the Power of Work”. In 2019, Goodwill of the Columbia served 5,060 people and helped 897 people find jobs

Donations to Goodwill Industries of the Columbia are sorted and sold at their retail stores in Tri-Cities, Sunnyside, Hermiston, Walla Walla and Wenatchee.


BIAW has a guide to wildfire smoke rules

The Building Industry Association of Washington, or BIAW, has launched a website to help contractors and other employers navigate Washington’s new emergency rules to protect outside workers from wildfire smoke.

The Washington Department of Labor and Industry adopted the rules on July 16. They apply until November 13 and apply to employers who “should reasonably anticipate” that employees may be exposed to smoke from forest fires.

Employers are generally required to be aware of potential smoke exposure and take steps to mitigate it. At lower levels, employers are encouraged to reduce exposure while at higher levels they must implement controls.

Go to bit.ly/WASmokeRules.


Opioid-free pain clinic opens at Cynergy Center

in Kennewick

Dr John Groner plans to open Revitalize Spine and Sports Care in the Cynergy Center building in Kennewick on September 13.

The clinic is focused on helping pain patients with non-opioid pain management.

Groner brings training in physical medicine, rehabilitation and pain medicine to practice. No reference is required.

Go to revitalizessc.com or call 509-591-4966.


Blue Mountain Land Trust buys John Day site

The Blue Mountain Land Trust made its first purchase with the acquisition of Phipps Meadow, an ecologically diverse 278-acre site along the John Day River in Prairie City, Oregon.

The purchase was made in partnership with the Confederate Tribes of Oregon’s Warm Springs Reservation and with funding from Craft3. The site includes a wet meadow, forest, and nearly 1.6 miles from John Day, a salmon and rainbow trout tributary of the Columbia River.

The trust will work with local tribes and partners to restore the river and improve habitat for freshwater species. The trust, with offices in Walla Walla and John Day, focuses on long-term land stewardship.


High offers end plans for Burns Road Trail

The City of Pasco is currently suspending construction of a road along Burns Road between Broadmoor Boulevard and Road 90 after construction bids were higher than expected.

The lower of the two bids for the project was $ 304,000, well above the estimated $ 190,000. The city noted that the expensive bids were compatible with a busy construction climate and postponed the project to a later date.


MacDonald-Miller expands into Spokane market

Mechanical contractor MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions Inc. has opened an office in Spokane, its second in the region.

A team of 10 people work in the 900 square foot office located at 818 W. Riverside in the Lincoln Plaza, reported the Spokane Journal of Business.

Based in Seattle, the company provides energy efficient building systems, mechanical repairs, construction services and building controls automation for new and existing commercial buildings.

The company has five other offices in Washington, including Kennewick, as well as Oregon and Idaho.


Lamb Weston continues to invest in factories

Lamb Weston Holdings will spend $ 415 million on a new French fry processing line in American Falls, Idaho.

The capital investment will increase the capacity of an existing facility to produce more than 350 million pounds of frozen French fries and other potato products per year.

Lamb Weston is based in the Boise area and has extensive business, research and manufacturing facilities in Mid-Columbia.

“We remain confident in the health and long-term growth of the global French fries market,” said Tom Werner, President and CEO. The company also plans to build a new processing plant in China and expand its capacity in Russia through its European joint venture, Lamb-Weston / Meijer.

Lamb Weston reported annual profit of $ 318 million on revenue of $ 3.67 billion or $ 2.16 per diluted share for its fiscal year 2021, which ended May 31, in a statement July 27.


Property fins must use certified electricians

A new law aims to protect those who buy or occupy returned properties from improper electrical wiring.

Senate Bill 5267 requires real estate swimmers to use certified electricians to do any electrical work on homes, farms, places of business, or other personal property if the property is offered for sale in the year after obtaining it.

The bill was approved by the 2021 legislature and follows stories involving homebuyers who had to pay to put dangerous wiring to code after buying knocked-over homes.

No lawmaker in the Tri-City area supported the bill.


It’s starting to look a lot like Halloween

Spirit Halloween began opening its seasonal stores on July 31, with 1,425 stores expected to be operational across North America by Labor Day.

Locally, Spirit plans to occupy space in the former Sears store at Columbia Center Mall in Kennewick and across the parking lot from the former Toys R Us store.

Sears closed its 160,000 square foot Kennewick store after filing for bankruptcy in 2018.

Chain Store Age, a retail industry publication, reports that the retailer, owned by Spencer Gifts, will hire 35,000 people and offer early hire incentives, flexible hours and potential bonuses.

Go to work4spirit.com.


Document registration fees increase by $ 100

Fees for registering documents such as deeds, mortgages, liens and community property agreements increased by $ 100 after the state legislature authorized an increase to fund housing programs.

House Bill 1277 applies to all registered documents, with limited exceptions. The increase helps support eviction prevention and housing stability services.

For more information on registration services in Benton County, visit bentonauditor.com/Recording-Services.

For more information on Franklin County, visit bit.ly/FCfilingfees.


Fred’s Appliance to Build $ 13 Million Warehouse in Spokane

Spokane-based Fred’s Appliance Inc. plans to build a $ 13 million, 100,000 square foot warehouse on 8 acres near the western outskirts of the city of Spokane, company owner John Amistoso told Spokane Journal of Business.

The family business operates a store in Kennewick.

Construction is scheduled to begin at 8817 W. Granite Ave. this autumn. Yost Gallagher Construction LLC of Spokane is the general contractor.

Amistoso told the Journal that the warehouse will serve as the distribution center for Fred’s Appliance. The company has four other distribution sites in the Spokane area.


Cedar & Sage begins a new phase at Willow Pointe

Cedar & Sage Homes is entering a new phase of The Tides, its apartment complex in Willow Pointe in North Richland.

The City of Richland has issued a permit for a 32-unit, three-story apartment building with basement at 240 Battelle Blvd., near Benton Harbor, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and State University of Washington Tri-Cities in North Richland.

The project is valued at $ 7.5 million.

Eagle, Idaho-based Weyerhaeuser Apartments LLC purchased an undeveloped portion of Willow Pointe, between Willow Pointe Drive and Richardson Road, in 2017 and the Weyerhaeuser name is attached to the license.

Cedar and Sage already kicked off the first phase of what he calls a complex style project in mid-2020 at 250 Battelle Blvd.


HAPO buys property in West Richland

HAPO Community Credit Union recently purchased 1.83 acres in West Richland.

The Richland-based credit union paid $ 350,000 to purchase land in the city’s Belmont business district in late May.

The property faces Keene Road and is in front of the West Richland Municipal Services building at 3100 Belmont Blvd.

Crystal Contreras, director of community relations for HAPO, said the credit union is excited about the growing region.

“We are in the initial planning and design phase to assess what will ultimately be built on the new location,” she said.

No timeline has been set.


New Dollar General Store under construction in Pasco

A new Dollar General is under construction at 1409 E. Lewis St. in Pasco.

The one-story building will be 9,100 square feet and is being developed on a one acre site by Oregon Street Group LLC, operating as Simon CRE SD III LLC.

Mour Group Engineering + Design of San Diego is the designer, according to a permit application submitted to the City of Pasco. The project is valued at $ 1.25 million.

Dollar General, based in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, is a “high value” retailer, with nearly 17,500 stores in 46 states. It opened 1,000 stores in 2020 and plans to open 1,050 in 2021. It reported first-quarter profit of $ 8.4 billion in May.

A Dollar General is under construction in Burbank and recently opened in Benton City.

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