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Richland City Council Approves Sale Of 'Empty Pit' Lot

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RICHLAND, WA - If you've ever driven down George Washington Way in Richland, it's likely you've seen the big empty pit near Howard Amon Park. 

Tuesday night the Richland City Council approved the sale of the land, which also is the site of the old Crest Museum. The group associated with the project is discussing turning the pit into a mixed use of residential and commercial space with the possibility of creating a public market.

A feasibility study was also approved for the market and organizers say they've already begun some of that work. Proposed features include a 25,000 square foot open market area and 20,000 square feet for commercially zoned office space, residential space, and vendors. 

"How do we use the existing public support in a way that could actually help financially, because you can't just turn Facebook likes into cash from the get-go," says Adam Brault, Project Collaborator. The Facebook group for the proposed market idea already has over 9,000 likes. 

"We feel comfortable that we've landed on a concept that will work with retail and office space, but we would like to hold the door open for something that might be even a lot better really with the public market," says Brian Moore, Redevelopment Project Supervisor for the City of Richland. 

While the project is still in the beginning phases, organizers say it would be a giant leap forward for the city.