RICHARD REUTHER, Richland
Since it may have found an additional $700,000, I hope that the Richland Public Facilities District will take a boat ride.
I had the opportunity to go boating and look at the site of the proposed Reach Interpretive Center from the river. In order for the building to be noticed, it will need to have a larger profile than "a municipal-sized library." I am confident that if the members of the Richland PFD went out onto the river and looked at the location from that vantage point, they would see the same thing.
A building must be appropriately sized to the location, including the surroundings, and the story the Reach will tell. The building will be visually very close to a long row of apartment buildings. A "library" will not be noticed sitting next to them. The visual effect from land will be similar.
I hope that the idea of approving a building that "will do" (an oft-heard phrase at Richland PFD meetings) can be dropped in favor of one that will be appropriate to the location. A bicycle "will do" for transportation in the Tri-Cities, but members of the Richland PFD probably won't choose one to get around.