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230 acres of prime real estate in Pasco to be auctioned off

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PASCO, WA - The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has commissioned Musser Bros., a local auctioning company, to sell 230 acres of prime real estate in Pasco.

The interesting thing about this lot of land is that it has been under the state's custody since the 1880s, which means this is the first time it's on the market being auctioned off for private ownership.

"The Tri-Cities as a whole is the fastest growing statistical area in the northwest, with the exception of Bend, Oregon," said Scott Musser, Owner of Musser Bros. Auctions. "So there's a lot going on here. It has the eyes and ears of the developers; there's a lot happening here. It's a great opportunity to come in, buy some land, develop some buildings, sell them and move on to another project."

So why is the land being auctioned off now after all of this time?

"It just felt that with the way growth has been coming around this land that leaving it in farmland wasn't for the best use, so we felt it was best to divest it, sell it to developers and builders so we can get homes there," said Musser.

With five parcels of land sold, totaling 230 acres, what can residents in the Tri-Cities expect to see on this once-barren land?

"It will be used for apartments, condos, that kind of thing," Musser said. "And then all the other four parcels are zoned for single family homes, so each lot will have just one house on it."