New Developments in the Tri-Cities

The Arc seeks bigger facility to serve developmentally disabled clients 

The ARC is a non-profit agency that provides vocation skills training and recreation opportunities for developmentally disabled Tri-Citians has started a fundraising campaign to build a new facility. The new 14,000 square foot building will be ‘built green’ on 2.45 acres in the Spaulding Business Park in Richland, said Cathy Preston, The Arc’s capital campaign director.

The Arc bought property for the new facility from the Port of Kennewick in 2007. The new headquarters will be building next to the Children’s Development Center, which offers many services for Arc clients.


Boats, big rigs and recreational vehicles have a new place to park in Kennewick

Tri-Citians who need a place to park their big toys – recreational vehicles, boats and big rigs will have a new choice next year. Timothy Dean of Kennewick is building a large vehicle storage rental business, TK Warren, behind Clearwater Collision and Towing on Clearwater Avenue in Kennewick. The business will offer 11 large vehicle garages, in addition to outside, secure storage space.


Port of Kennewick officials consider building incubator to help start-up wineries

Port of Kennewick officials are considering building a wine incubator to create new jobs and help new grape growers and winemakers uncork their dreams of owning a winery. A study completed in August by HDR Engineering for the Port found that a wine incubator would initially add about 40 new jobs and would likely fill quickly with tenants.


Richland proceeding with Duportail Bridge design planning process

A bridge linking Duportail Street in Richland to City View Drive and the Queensgate shopping area, across the Yakima River, has been on the minds of Richland city planners since 1975 and on the official plan since 1993. It is now in the construction phase, which will likely last through early 2010. The project received a $1 million preconstruction loan from the State Public Works Board that will pay for most of the design work, according to the Benton-Franklin Council of Governments Newsletter. The loan covers all of the design costs. Once the design is complete, the project will be construction ready.

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