From new construction to revamping the old, a rejuvenated downtown Richland is taking shape.
RICHLAND, WA - From new construction to revamping the old, a rejuvenated downtown Richland is taking shape.
"Other cities have inherited decaying downtowns and wondered how to revive them. We're trying to create one," said Mayor John Fox.
Fox said Richland's 'government town' history never allowed for a centralized focus on a downtown area. Now, that's all changing.
"The city has been working to revitalize the central business district for quite some time now and things are really starting to come together and create sort of a downtown area. Not just for the city of Richland but for all of the Tri-Cities," said redevelopment project supervisor Brian Moore.
Case in point: the new building going in at The Parkway.
"We have the foundation completed and we'll be building a wall here shortly and going vertical. So the anticipated completion is early next year, march time-frame," said building owner Jeremy Debban.
And the old Waterford Place project? A new four-story hotel is finally going up there. Right across the street from that, the old Blockbuster is currently under renovation to be a new Verizon Wireless store.
Just up the street from that at the corner of Swift and George Washington Way, a developer is in talks with the city for some commercial development there.
"It'll be more buildings and less parking lot - but still sufficiently parked," said Moore.