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Dirt From Empty Lot Creating Problems for Horn Rapid RV Resort

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RICHLAND, Wash. - A business manager in Richland says sand is damaging his property from an empty piece of property across the street.

Horn Rapids RV Resort in Richland has more than just dust problems, they have over a dozen acres of dirt across the street and when a west wind comes through, the dirt starts to pile up. The landscaping gets covered with dirt to the point where crews have to shovel it up, put it in wheel barrows and haul it away.

Maintenance Supervisor Bob Brucell says it's cleaned up now, but it wasn't easy for the crew to pick up the dirt.

"They just spend the day down there shoveling and moving things the old fashioned way, just a whole lot of elbow grease," said Brucell

The land is owned by KG Holdings LLC. Abner Group Real Estate and Investments act as a consulting company for KG Holdings LLC. Mike Mortimer is on the Abner Group Board of Directors, who declined a recorded interview, said the company has plans for a Horn Rapids Town Center. The center would include a new gas station, restaurants and possibly a grocery store.

The company got as far as tilling the land and taking out much of the grass that could have controlled the blowing dust.

"They never completed the job, they just walked away from it and left us with the sand pile over there," said Dan Stephens, Manager of Horn Rapids RV Resort.

KG Holdings LLC has hired workers to help clean up the dirt in the past, but RV Park Manager Dan Stephens said it was only once, and the sand situation is a recurring problem.

Meanwhile the RV Park is waiting to find out what happens next.

"I'd like to see some grass seed over there, some irrigation or maybe some sort of barrier to slow it down, ease it up," said Brucell.

Brucell may get more than just grass or a fence. Mike Mortimer says a written proposal for the Horn Rapids Town Center will soon be sent to the City of Richland for approval. If the city allows, construction on the center could start in Fall of 2009.