Rylee Fitzgerald reports.

RICHLAND, Wash. — Built around 60 years ago, Richland’s old Economy Inn is now coming down. Demolition began a couple of weeks ago, removing hazardous materials that were in or around the inn.

“The old Economy Inn had fallen into disrepair, had attracted a clientele that didn't match the city's expectations, and so we had the opportunity to purchase the property, and we did,” explained Joe Schiessl, Deputy City Manager with Richland.

Old Economy Inn demolition underway in Richland

Multi Media Journalist

Rylee Fitzgerald joins the KAPP/KVEW team as a multimedia journalist as her first job in journalism after graduating college. She graduated from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University with a degree in Journalism and Media Production in May 2022. She started her journalism career at Hanford High School in Richland where she spent four years on the Falcon Report broadcasting team. She is an ardent writer and is typically found hunched over her computer writing either her novel, or a news story. With her love for writing, and her high school experience in broadcasting, nothing made more sense than to continue studying journalism in college. Rylee finished her degree in just three years as an ambassador for the communication college, a producer for a Cable 8 Productions series, a camera operator for CougVision, and an MMJ for Murrow News 8. She spent a summer as a news intern at our sister station, KXLY, in Spokane before her senior year at WSU. Rylee was born and raised in Tri-Cities, and eagerly comes back home after finishing college. She has a lot of pride for eastern Washington, as it’s the only place she’s ever called home.