Richland expected to solicit developers for Columbia Point land

By the Tri-City HeraldSeptember 24, 2013 

Richland is on track to publish a request soliciting developers for about 15 acres of city-owned property at Columbia Point next month.

The city council in mid-October is expected to consider authorizing the city manager to sign the cover letter of the request for proposals, or RFP.

The council spent about a half-hour talking about the RFP with city staff during a workshop Tuesday night -- the latest in a series of discussions among city leaders at public meetings in recent months to shape and refine the request.

"This is an important piece of land and we're trying to be open and as public as we can be with the process," Gary Ballew, the city's economic development manager, told the Herald.

Brian Moore, Richland's redevelopment project supervisor, described the property as the premier waterfront development sites in the Tri-Cities.

The city has land on either side of Anthony's at Columbia Point, and also next to the Shilo Inn.

The land near Shilo is envisioned as a mixed-use area with an emphasis on entertainment and retail. The land to the east of Anthony's is envisioned for a restaurant or similar use. And the city land to the west is envisioned as the site of a boutique hotel.

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