Real Estate & Construction Briefs – August 2021

Goodwill opens donation center in West Richland

Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Inc. has opened a new donation center at 3250 Kennedy Road in West Richland.

The center has a covered area for customers as well as a loading ramp to facilitate distribution. The building is 1,200 square meters and includes storage rooms, break rooms and toilets.

The power of donation Goodwill’s mission to “Change Lives through the Power of Work”. In 2019, Goodwill of the Columbia helped 5,060 people and helped 897 people find employment

Donations to Goodwill Industries of the Columbia are sorted and sold in their retail stores in Tri-Cities, Sunnyside, Hermiston, Walla Walla, and Wenatchee.

BIAW has a guide to wildfire smoking rules

The Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) has launched a website to help contractors and other employers navigate Washington’s new emergency rules to protect outdoor workers from forest fire smoke.

The Washington Department of Labor and Industry passed the rules on July 16. They are valid until November 13th and apply to employers who “should reasonably assume” that employees may be exposed to forest fire smoke.

Employers generally have a duty to be aware of possible smoke exposure and to take steps to reduce it. At lower levels, employers are encouraged to reduce exposure, while at higher levels they are required to implement controls.

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Opening of a pain clinic without opioids in the Cynergy Center

in Kennewick

Dr. John Groner plans to open Revitalize Spine and Sports Care on September 13th in the Cynergy Center building in Kennewick.

The clinic focuses on helping patients suffering from pain with opioid-free pain management.

Groner brings a background in physical medicine, rehab and pain medicine to the practice. No bank transfers are required.

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Blue Mountain Land Trust buys John Day site

The Blue Mountain Land Trust made its first purchase with the acquisition of Phipps Meadow, an area of ​​200 acres along the John Day River in Prairie City, Oregon.

The purchase was made in partnership with the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon and was funded by Craft3. The area includes wetlands, woodland, and nearly 1.6 miles of John Day, a salmon and steelhead tributary of the Columbia River.

The foundation will work with local tribes and partners to restore the river and improve the habitat for freshwater species. The trust, with offices in Walla Walla and John Day, focuses on long-term land management.

High bids end Burns Road trail plans

The City of Pasco is postponing the construction of a path along Burns Road between Broadmoor Boulevard and Road 90 for the time being after construction offers were higher than expected.

The lowest of two bids for the project was $ 304,000, too far above the estimated $ 190,000. The city found that the expensive bids were compatible with a busy building climate and postponed the project to a later date.

MacDonald-Miller expands into the Spokane market

Mechanical engineering company MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions Inc. has set up an office in Spokane, its second in the region.

10 people work in the 900 square foot office at 818 W. Riverside on Lincoln Plaza, the Spokane Journal of Business reported.

The Seattle-based company provides energy efficient building systems, mechanical repairs, construction services, and building control automation for new and existing commercial buildings.

The company has five other offices in Washington, including Kennewick, Oregon and Idaho.

Lamb Weston continues to invest in plants

Lamb Weston Holdings will spend $ 415 million on a new french fry processing line in American Falls, Idaho.

The capital investment will expand the capacity of an existing facility to produce more than 350 million pounds of frozen french fries and other potato products per year.

Lamb Weston is based in the Boise region and has significant corporate, research and manufacturing facilities in central Colombia.

“We remain confident about the long-term health and growth of the global french fries market,” said Tom Werner, President and CEO. The company is also planning to build a new processing plant in China and expand its capacities in Russia through its European joint venture Lamb-Weston / Meijer.

Lamb Weston reported $ 318 million in annual earnings on revenue of $ 3.67 billion, or $ 2.16 per diluted share, for the fiscal year 2021 that ended Jan.

Real estate fins must use certified electricians

A new law aims to protect those who buy or live in upside down real estate from bad electrical conduction.

Senate Bill 5267 requires real estate flippers to use certified electricians to perform electrical work on a home, farm, business premises, or other personal property if the property is put up for sale within one year of receipt.

The bill was approved by the Legislature in 2021 and followed the stories of home buyers who had to pay to code dangerous wiring after buying flipped homes.

No Tri-City legislature supported the bill.

It’s starting to look a lot like Halloween

Spirit Halloween began on July 31st with the opening of its seasonal stores with 1,425 locations scheduled to be operational across North America by Labor Day.

On a local level, Spirit plans to occupy space in the former Sears store in the Columbia Center shopping mall in Kennewick and across from the parking lot of the former Toys R Us store.

Sears closed its 160,000-square-foot store in Kennewick after filing for bankruptcy in 2018.

Chain Store Age, a retail industry publication, reports that the retailer, which is owned by Spencer Gifts, will be hiring 35,000 people and will offer early hiring incentives, flexible planning and potential bonuses.

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Document recording fees increase by $ 100

The fee for recording documents such as deeds, mortgages, liens, and joint ownership contracts rose $ 100 after state lawmakers approved an increase to fund housing programs.

House Bill 1277 applies to all recorded documents with limited exceptions. The increase will help support eviction prevention and housing stability services.

For information about recording services in Benton County, visit

Franklin County information is available at

Fred’s Appliance is building $ 13 million warehouse in Spokane

Fred’s Appliance Inc., based in Spokane, has plans to build a $ 13 million, 100,000 square meter warehouse on 8 acres near the western outskirts of Spokane, company owner John Amistoso told the Spokane Journal of Business.

The family-run company operates a store in Kennewick.

Construction is expected this fall at 8817 W. Granite Ave. kick off. Yost Gallagher Construction LLC from Spokane is the general contractor.

Amistoso told the Journal that the warehouse will serve as a distribution center for Fred’s appliance. The company has four other sales offices in the Spokane area.

Cedar & Sage begins new phase at Willow Pointe

Cedar & Sage Homes is beginning a new phase of The Tides, its apartment complex in Willow Pointe, north Richland.

The City of Richland has approved a 32-unit, three-story apartment building and basement on 240 Battelle Blvd., near Benton Harbor, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Washington State University Tri-Cities in north Richland.

The project is valued at $ 7.5 million.

Weyerhaeuser Apartments LLC, based in Eagle, Idaho, purchased a vacant portion of Willow Pointe between Willow Pointe Drive and Richardson Road in 2017, and the Weyerhaeuser name is attached to the permit.

Cedar and Sage opened on 250 Battelle Blvd. in mid-2020.

HAPO buys property in West Richland

The HAPO Community Credit Union recently purchased 1.83 acres in West Richland.

The Richland-based credit union paid $ 350,000 in late May to buy land in the Belmont Business District from the city.

The property is on Keene Road and in front of the West Richland Municipal Service Building at 3100 Belmont Blvd.

Crystal Contreras, HAPO’s community relations director, said the credit union is excited about the growing area.

“We are in the initial planning and design phase to assess what will ultimately be built at the new site,” she said.

No schedules were set.

New Dollar General Store under construction in Pasco

A new Dollar General is built at 1409 E. Lewis St. in Pasco.

The single story building will be 9,100 square feet and is being developed on 1 acre property by Oregon Street Group LLC, trading as Simon CRE SD III LLC.

According to a permit application filed with the City of Pasco, Mour Group Engineering + Design of San Diego is the designer. The project is valued at $ 1.25 million.

Dollar General, based in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, is a deep value retailer with nearly 17,500 stores in 46 states. It opened 1,000 stores in 2020 and plans to open 1,050 in 2021. In May, it posted a profit of $ 8.4 billion for the first quarter.

A Dollar General is under construction in Burbank and recently opened in Benton City.