KENNEWICK -- Kennewick city officials have found no worthy buyers for the 2.8 acres of city property in the Southridge area near the 9/11 Memorial and Highway 395.
A call for offers from developers interested in submitting design-build proposals attracted only two bids. One was a proposal for design only, which did not meet the request specifications. The other was a design-build package, but the developer withdrew it two days after the bid deadline.
Greg McCormick, city planning director, said the review committee recommends ending the bid process and not pursuing a design-bid package at this time.
Mayor Steve Young said the property was at a crucial location and city officials should not rush into having it developed.
"We can't hide the 9/11 Memorial and this is a major entry into the Southridge area," he said.
Councilman Bob Parks agreed: "We've only got one shot at this."
The council declared the 2.8 acres surplus last year, hoping to attract a buyer who would offer to build a commercial project that would be a good fit for the prime location next to the 9/11 Memorial.