Apartment complex going up in Pasco

Another new apartment complex is coming to Pasco.

The $1.1 million, two-story complex is being built at 921 N. 24th St.

The 12-unit complex, which was permitted Oct. 1, is starting construction with apartment occupancy rates in the Tri-Cities hovering at 99 percent.

It's the eighth new multifamily project to receive a city building permit so far this year after four years of no new apartment construction, city documents show. Together, the eight projects, which each include three or more units, are valued at $14.2 million.

Amy Leicht, a Coldwell Banker real estate agent involved in the latest project, said owner Chad Bagley of CDB Properties LLC of Pasco thought the property would be a good location for a multifamily project because it's next to Rowena Chess Elementary School and other multifamily complexes are nearby.

The company intends to provide a secure environment for families, she said.

Each two-bedroom apartment includes a deck or a patio and has a washer and dryer, according to plans submitted to the city. The apartments are about 876 square feet each.

So far, the foundation has already been poured, and outer walls are going up, Leicht said.

"We want to get it completely enclosed before our weather turns," she said.

The owner hopes to have the units occupied no later than the end of March, Leicht said.

Bagley Landscape Construction of Pasco is the contractor, and the architect is O'Brien Construction of Kennewick, according to documents submitted to the city.

Plans also are in the works for a second phase on the same property that would double the size of the apartment complex.

Leicht said they would like to start the second 12-unit building as soon as possible after the first 12 units are rented.