Developer buying land for Microtel in Kennewick

A Richland developer is buying 1 1/2 acres of prime land owned by the city near the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick and taking an option to buy more land nearby for a Wyndham Microtel.

The Kennewick City Council approved Tuesday the $356,000 deal with Sonny Parsons' Beaver Creek Property. Terms of sale require Beaver Creek Property to have a hotel "of national recognition" built on the site, with plans to be submitted to the city within six months.

The city also agreed to give Parsons an option of up to one year to purchase two additional lots comprising 2.28 acres, also in the same area. The total purchase price for both lots would be about $520,000.

The Microtel development would have a multistory hotel built across from the convention center on the northwest corner of West Grandridge Boulevard and North Young Street.

Also Tuesday, the council:

-- Voted to give a 2 1/2 percent pay raise to City Manager Marie Mosley as a reward for achieving mid-year goals. The raise, an additional $285 per month, is retroactive to Jan. 1.

-- Approved changing the zoning for 4 1/2 acres at 2628 S. Rainier St. from residential suburban to residential low-density, to allow for development of up to 18 homes, with a maximum of four homes per acre. The property is owned by Brad Beauchamp and is north of West 27th Avenue between Olympia and Vancouver streets.

-- Decided to amend city code to have a maximum of seven people serve on any city commission or board.