Officials with a development company hoping to reshape 22 acres of riverfront land on the Kennewick side of the blue bridge remain mum on the progress of their project.
BW Land LLC officials planned to turn the land -- which they bought from the Jesernig family in February for $3.02 million -- into a retail hub with hotels and condos.
The project hit a snag soon after they bought it when residents of a mobile home park on the property complained their rights were being violated in the effort to get them to leave quickly.
The owners and the residents have since reached a confidential settlement agreement after months of arguing, officials said. Both sides have declined to talk about it.
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Representatives of BW Land have said in the past they didn't think it was in the company's best economical interest to keep the park open any longer. In May, the company was considering giving the remaining residents money to help them relocate.
A majority of the residents have moved out. Only a few mobile homes remain on the property along with a few houses. Backhoes and tractors are lined up and most of the old trees have been chopped down.
Majority partner Steve West of Pasco said he's frustrated with how the company has been represented to the public in the media.
"Maybe I'll just plant corn or marijuana down there and see how the people like that," he told the Herald.
City of Kennewick officials have heard nothing from BW Land about their plans, said Evelyn Lusignan, the city's spokeswoman. The company has not submitted any formal plans or had any recent meetings, she said.
"Until they contact us, we don't know what their plans are," Lusignan said.
The dispute between the Clover Leaf residents and BW Land started after 30-day eviction notices were issued in March. Residents claimed they were intimidated into moving and construction was illegally going on. Some residents moved once the initial notices were issued.
Work to tear down old buildings and clear the land made the area unsafe, residents said. They said sidewalks were torn up, trees were knocked down and dust hovered around the park. They also objected to an increase in their utility bills without notification and claimed their concerns were ignored.
Officials with manufactured homeowners associations at the state and national level claimed the notices were illegal.
BW Land denied the allegations and told the Herald they were doing everything they could to help the residents. BW Land's minority partners are Jim Bullis of Kennewick and Cory Bitton of Pasco.
Soon after the 36 residents complained, attorney Leland Kerr was hired by BW Land to review the notices.
Kerr, of Kerr Law Group in Kennewick, found provisions which possibly didn't comply with the state Manufactured/Mobile Home Landlord-Tenant Act. He worked on the settlement but no longer represents BW Land, he said.
Kerr drafted new notices that gave residents until next April to find different homes and began working on settlement agreements with some of the residents.
BW Land officials have said they hope to attract restaurants, a high-end hotel and buildings with retail shops on the first floor and condos on top. They plan to model the area after neighborhoods in Portland and Seattle.
-- Tyler Richardson: 582-1556; firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @Ty_richardson