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Cherry Orchard in Kennewick is One Step Closer to Becoming a Subdivision

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - One of the few orchards left inside Kennewick's city limits is one step closer to becoming a subdivision. A preliminary plat was just approved after months of talks.

There are about 11 acres of old cherry trees on the corner of 10th Avenue and Morain Street. The owner said it's about time to replant but rather than do that, they are selling. The property was once grandfathered in as agricultural land but now it is low-density residential. 

That works out for the current owner who is working with a developer out of Vancouver, Washington. The preliminary plat was approved by a hearing examiner last week. It calls for 41 single family plots on this property.

"So the next step now that its approved is the applicant now can move forward with getting their civil permits in and that allows them to start putting the infrastructure in to support that plan," said Evelyn Lusignan with the city of Kennewick. 

That infrastructure includes things like streets and utilities. The next step after that will be the final plat which, again, will need approval from the city council. Once that is approved the subdivision process will begin.