Construction set to begin on Richland’s vacant ‘pit’

Construction set to begin on Richland’s vacant ‘pit’

It took four years and eight amendments to a sales contract, but the infamous pit that stands as the “gateway” into Richland will soon be transformed.

Groundbreaking for Park Place, a four-story, 104-unit apartment complex, was held on Thursday.

“This is really going to be a game-changing place,” said Lori Mattson, CEO of the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce at the ceremony. “It’s been a long time coming.

Park Place will bring multiple firsts to the Tri-Cities. It will be the first “urban style” development in the region – the first apartment complex to feature an elevator and underground parking. There will also be space for street-level retail. Chicago-based Crown Development and its local partner, Boost Builds, are behind the project.

Construction set to begin on Richland’s vacant ‘pit’

“Imagine you’re at your apartment and you want a coffee. You can run down the street to the coffee place, or maybe you’re hungry and you go over to the Parkway, or maybe you want to go for a run,” said David Lippes, principal at Boost Builds. “It’s all here.”

Lippes and his Boost Builds partner, John Crooke, both moved to the Tri-Cities from large cities. The pair have big plans to develop the area; Park Place is just one of their company’s projects. They see a need for more walkability and urban-style living.

“Downtown Richland has some unique features about it that will enable that type of lifestyle for those of us that live in the Tri-Cities,” said Lippes.

The Park Place project ran into multiple delays along the way. Most recently, the original November groundbreaking date had to be pushed back after developers found out the original survey of the property didn’t include an easement that the Army Corps of Engineers had to allow them to flood that area if needed. That easement was eventually eliminated.

Park Place will be located across from Howard Amon Park at 650 George Washington Way. Construction is expected to be completed in summer 2020. Reservations for units can be made online by clicking here.

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