Active Projects

Background

With adoption of a revised Rural County Capital Fund (RCCF) policy in January 2016 by the Board of Commissioners, Benton County re-instituted a fund-sharing program much like Phase 1 described in the Background & History section. The County is currently accepting economic development project proposal applications from its community partners (cities and ports), and is eager to financially support these endeavors.

Benton County’s Office of Sustainable Development manages the RCCF and the disbursement process.  Applications from project sponsors are received and reviewed for their consistency with County policy and state law.  Applications can be received at any time and in any amount within the entity’s allocation.  This is a non-competitive process and the County does not pick winners and losers.  Three of the main things that the County looks for in a project are how it contributes to business recruitment/retention, how does it contribute to job growth/stability, and how does it contribute to sales and property tax revenue.  Partnerships and other forms of leveraging are encouraged.


Active Projects

City of Kennewick & Port of Kennewick - Columbia Gardens Phase 1 (2017-325)
$1.1 million 
This project was approved by the Board of County Commissioners on May 9, 2017, and will use RCCF monies to develop underused land near downtown Kennewick (Columbia Drive) for use by new businesses. This project will construct public infrastructure (extension of water, sewer, electrical and effluent utilities) and construct roads, storm drainage, lighting, landscaping, and parking areas to support the Port's construction of two buildings on a six-acre site to provide space for restaurants, wine tasting rooms, and other related businesses. The Columbia Gardens project is expected to result in over 100 permanent jobs.
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City of Benton City - Force Main Extension, Telemetry, & Pump Upgrade (2017-457)
$500,500 
The project was approved by the Board of Commissioners on June 27, 2017, and will use RCCF monies to:

  1. Install a force main extension to Lift Station 7 to move wastewater under pressure to the City's wastewater treatment plant;
  2. Install pump upgrades at Lift Station 7 to increase overall capacity south of the Yakima River for full utilization of the force main extension and provision of continuous sewer service to the area south of the Yakima River for both existing and future customers;
  3. Install a radio telemetry system for better real-time monitoring of the status and function of Lift Station 7 remotely, as opposed to onsite; and
  4. Install a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system to allow controlled adjustments to Lift Station 7 to be made remotely.

This project's improvements will assist in the recruitment of new businesses and are expected to result in over 40 permanent jobs related to business(es) on the previously City-owned parcel. Improvements to Lift Station 7 are vital to developing this area in Benton City because that station used to go out of service whenever the Yakima River reached Man Hole 9-5 (which services the lift station). These improvements will allow the lift station to adequately serve the proposed development property and other similar properties in the area.


City of Benton City - Lift Station 4 Upgrade (2018-290)
$330,000
This project will use RCCF monies to upgrade Lift Station 4, which will support properties and future development, and:

  1. Install a force main extension to Lift Station 4 to move wastewater under pressure into the City's wastewater treatment plant;
  2. Install pump upgrades at Lift Station 4 to increase overall capacity in the central part of the City, between Lift Station 7 and the wastewater treatment plant, and to the south of the Yakima River for continuous sewer service to the area for both existing and future customers;
  3. Install a radio telemetry system for better real-time monitoring of the status and function of Lift Station 4 remotely as opposed to onsite; and
  4. Install a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system to allow controlled adjustments to Lift Station 4 to be made remotely.


City of Richland - Swift Corridor Improvements (2018-463)
$500,000

This project will use RCCF monies to make improvements to Swift Blvd between Stevens Dr and Jadwin Ave, including:

  1. Reconstruct the asphalt surface of Swift Blvd;
  2. New on-street bicycle lanes on Swift Blvd;
  3. Add on-street parking to segments of Swift Blvd;
  4. Widen sidewalks and improve pedestrian accessibility on Swift Blvd; and
  5. Install enhanced pedestrian crossing features across Swift Blvd.


City of West Richland - Van Giesen / Bombing Range Signalization Project (2018-692)
$500,000

This project will use RCCF monies to:

  1. Design traffic signals for the intersection of Van Giesen St (SR 224) and S 38th Ave and the intersection of Bombing Range Rd and Mt Adams View Dr;
  2. Complete environmental permitting for construction of said traffic signals;
  3. Acquire the necessary road right-of-way for the construction of said traffic signals; and
  4. Construct traffic signals at said intersections.

The above improvements will assist in the recruitment of new businesses to the commercial corridor, creation of new jobs, and development of vacant properties.


Port of Kennewick & Benton County - Vista Field Redevelopment Phase 1A (2018-1023)
$500,000 (from County allocation)

This project will use a portion of Benton County's RCCF allocated monies to support Phase 1A of the Port of Kennewick's Vista Field Redevelopment project, which consists of constructing a water system, sewer system, and storm water drainage system for 20 acres of the 103-acre site, among other improvements.


City of Kennewick & Port of Kennewick - Clover Island Shoreline Transformation (2019-218)
$1 million (from City allocation)

This project will use a portion of City of Kennewick's RCCF allocated monies to improve public infrastructure and prepare commercial building sites in the form of shoreline stabilization, extension of certain utilities, construction of trails, installation of drainage infrastructure, and landscaping to support the shovel-ready preparation of three parcels (owned by Port of Kennewick) totaling 3.24 developable and marketable acres on Clover Island for food service, lodging, tourism, and other related businesses.


City of Richland - Swift Corridor Improvements Phase 2 (2019-219)
$350,000

This project would use RCCF monies to continue improvements on the Swift Blvd Corridor between Stevens Dr and Jadwin Ave. In addition to previously-approved improvements, the City will: upgrade traffic signals, replace street lighting, and install on-street landscaping features along Swift Blvd. The goal of this project is to facilitate commercial growth in the area of the project through added multi-model travel facilities that establish downtown Richland as a location ready for residential, commercial, and recreational activity.


City of Prosser - I-82 Utility Crossing (2019-220)
$340,856

This project will use RCCF monies to fund the completion of Phase 1 of the I-82 Utility Crossing project to set the stage for Phase 2, which will be construction of the crossing to facilitate business and commercial growth in the Gap Rd Commercial District and surrounding area. Upon completion, the utility crossing will assist in the recruitment of new businesses to approximately 160 acres of commercially-zoned, public- and privately-owned properties of the district north of Prosser, where 70% build-out is expected within 24 months of completion. This phase includes comprehensive feasibility and engineering study, including:

  1. Study, assessment, and feasibility determination of two possible crossing locations and methods for water, sewer, natural gas, electrical telephone, and fiber optic utilities;
  2. Ground testing for presence of basalt bedrock as part of the feasibility determination; and
  3. Engineering, design, and cost projection for a preferred crossing location and method for the above utilities and undedicated conduit.

City of Richland - City Hall Demolition (2019-605)
$350,000

This project will use RCCF monies to fund: 

  1. The demolition of the former Richland City Hall Building located at 505 Swift Blvd., to include asbestos abatement, removing any hazardous or regulated materials, and disconnecting utilities;
  2. Demolition of the former Administrative Annex building on the City Hall site with a physical address of 975 George Washington Way, to include removing any hazardous or regulated materials and disconnecting utilities;
  3. Preparation of the combined site for economic redevelopment, to include transporting and placing fill, removing concrete and landscaping as necessary, and grading; and
  4. Selling or leasing the combined site to a private party to develop the site consistent with the Richland City

Council’s vision of a mixed-used development project.
The above improvements will facilitate business and commercial growth through the transitioning of development-ready, publicly-owned prime commercial real estate in the heart of downtown Richland to private sector ownership.

 
       
       
       

       
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