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TRIDEC and city officials discuss plans for land on Hanford site

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RICHLAND, WA - You may remember a couple of years ago when a huge acreage of land on the Hanford site was sold. Today, the organizations that own it will give an update on their plans for the land.

Today, TRIDEC and officials with the city of Richland will present their plans to the city of Richland's Economic Development Committee.

It's been over four years since the Department of Energy sold the 1,341 acres just north of Horn Rapids Road on the Hanford site.

Just this year, TRIDEC officially handed over ownership of the property to the city of Richland and Port of Benton.

Now TRIDEC and city officials are working together to get the land ready for business.

Ideally, having one major company occupy 500 acres with other smaller businesses using the rest.

"Our role will be to market that property once the services are there and ready for development," says Carl Adrian, President and CEO of TRIDEC. "We'll talk a little bit about what we do, how we do it, and the potential for the development to occur on that site.

"The city and port are trying to determine where the best place is to extend utilities into the properties, how to divide the property into appropriate sized lots. A part of the property is not within the city's urban growth property, so that has to be extended and some other things."

Urban growth property means where the city can work, like added transit and infrastructure.

Once that gets settled, organizers will have a better idea of what they are working with, and that is what they will tell the committee later on today.

Adrian told reporter Crystal Garcia that TRIDEC will tell the committee exactly how they've been marketing the land and the Tri-City area to potential occupants from around the country.

There is still a long road ahead, but as more business show interest, it will be easier for organizers to get an idea of how to integrate and arrange the currently unoccupied empty land.