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Richland "Pit" Moving Forward With Local Tech Innovators Shared Vision

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For years, residents have heard that something would be done with it, but so far, nothing… For years, residents have heard that something would be done with it, but so far, nothing…

RICHLAND, WA - For years, residents have heard that something would be done with it, but so far, nothing.

Driving through Richland you can't help but notice the giant pit in front of the old CREHST Museum. What used to be a community center, an integrated part of the City of Richland just off of George Washington Way for years now has sat as a hole and an eyesore. Monday, NBC Right Now was the only news crew that met with the two men from Richland who are looking to change that.

"I remember sitting in Casa Mia when the old community center there was being torn down and I was like, ‘what the heck are they doing there?' I had no idea," said Adam Brault, owner of &yet. He had no idea that he would also be part of it's future. Brault and Paul Carlisle both own their separate technology companies in Richland. They are growing, expanding and they need some new space.

"When we pull into our downtown Richland, the one that we grew up in, the one the we're all very proud of...when we pull in we see a pit. We see a hole and we want to fix it. We don't fix it by putting something equally ugly that's going to stay there for the next 30 years," explained Carlisle, owner of elevate.

They have already seen that fail. After a developer previously tried to build retail space, the city sold the lot and bought it back as soon as that building's funding never got off the ground, costing the city thousands of dollars. Although, the future both men are seeing looks bright.

"Of all the places in the Tri-Cities it's probably the most appealing in terms of what it's long term future looks like," said Brault.

Much like their current modern and relaxed work environments, Spectrum Park would be a state of the art space housing technology offices, restaurants, retail and other vendors. Carlisle and Brault say they are not looking to post up a quick fix to the eyesore. There aren't any renderings just yet of their building concept like the old ones the city had made last year. They want the space to be something the people of Richland can be proud of.

"We can't just turn around and build a new building. We need to find someone else who shares our dream. The city does and they've been a great asset. Now we need to find the right investor," said Carlisle.

That is where they are in the process, talking to investors who share their vision of a new Richland. One that is already popping up in pockets, but can be cultivated and brought from Hanford's past and the outskirts of the city, right to the gateway of Richland.

"Create something new for the Tri-Cities, something that's gains outside attention. That's what they need in the Tri-Cities and I think this is something that will do it," explained Carlisle.

For more information about the two groups feel free to check out their web sites here: http://www.elevate.net/ and here: https://andyet.com/

 

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