A 41-home subdivision may replace an aging Kennewick cherry orchard in need of maintenance.
The Kennewick Hearing Examiner recently gave preliminary approval to a housing subdivision on 10 acres on the southeast corner of West 10th Avenue and South Morain Street.
The property is owned by Gregory and Devnee Gadbois and Gadbois Cashen LLC of Edmonds. Neighboring properties are residential, according to city documents.
The lots will average about 9,200 square feet, documents said.
An existing single family home will be demolished as part of the project, documents said. The owners also plan to remove the cherry orchard, which was planted in the 1960s.
Streets, sidewalks and utilities will need to be completed before final approval can be given, said Evelyn Lusignan, Kennewick's customer service manager.
Required street improvements include curbs, gutters and sidewalks where the subdivision abuts Morain Street and full-width pavement on Morain Street on the first 100 feet south of West 10th Avenue, where the city plans to eventually add a left-turn lane, documents said.
The city originally asked for the developer to pay $72,000 in traffic mitigation fees toward the $360,000 cost of installing the turn lane and related improvements to the intersection. However, the hearing examiner approved lowering the fees to about $10,700 or accepting five feet of right of way on West 10th Avenue instead of the fees, documents said.
The final approval for the subdivision will need to go before city council, Lusignan said. If the council approves, building permit applications can be submitted for the proposed homes.
As of the end of July, building permits for 188 new single-family homes have been issued this year in the city of Kennewick, according to data from the Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities.
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