The West Richland City Council voted Tuesday night to rezone three lots which will allow owners to build multi-family homes on the land.
Council members voted to rezone two lots, with a combined area of five acres, from medium density residential to multi-family residential. This will allow the owners, Kaleem and Zarfshan Ullah and Mian and Nahida Haq, all of Richland, to build 22 townhouses for seniors.
Five council members voted for the zoning change with Mayor Pro Tem Rich Buel abstaining.
Initially, neighbors were worried a large apartment complex would be built on the land and circulated a petition, gathering 59 signatures. But after hearing details about the owners' plan to build adult retirement homes, they supported the plan.
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The land is located between the Benton Fire District 4 station and the Islamic Center of Tri-Cities, of which the Ullah and Haq families are longtime members.
The council also unanimously voted to rezone a two-acre lot east of Rosencrans and Bombing Range roads.
This change will allow the owner, Ira Hickman of Kennewick, to build five fourplexes.
w The council discussed replacing the lighted reader board on Van Giesen Street. City Clerk Julie Richardson said she checked into replacement costs with several vendors and found it would cost about $50,000 for a new sign.
The council asked Richardson and Mayor Donna Noski to continue exploring possible options for a new sign, including leasing one.