Heavy equipment has begun clearing trees and chipping the wood in preparation for the construction of 144 apartment units at 425 Bradley Blvd. in Richland. The apartments back to George Washington Way and are across from the Riverfront Hotel.

The developer, Cedar and Sage Homes, applied to Richland on Aug. 15 for a construction permit for their first 48-apartment building which will be evenly divided between one-bedroom, one-bath units and two-bedroom, two-bath units.

Three buildings

Cedar and Sage representative Steve Hudson told the Observer in a telephone interview that there would be three buildings. Construction of the second building would begin 90 days after construction begins on the first one, followed 90 days later by the beginning of construction for the third one. He said it would probably be a year before an apartment is available to rent.

The complex will also include a community center and a swimming pool.

ADA crosswalk

Hudson said that the city had required that the developer provide an Americans with Disability Act (ADA) compliant crosswalk. There is a Ben Franklin Transit bus stop in front of the property.

Columbia River view apartments

Cedar and Sage also plans to build a riverfront apartment building on the east side of Bradley Blvd.

That building had originally been planned for high-end condos, but Hudson said that a “business decision” resulted in a plan for about 28 high-end apartments instead.

“Cedar and Sage will cut no corners in providing high end finishes for these units that will rent for more in this prime riverfront location,” Hudson added.

Pathway to the river trail

Hudson said that although the city hadn’t required it, the developer would provide a 10-foot-wide path to the riverfront trail next to the east side apartment building.

The Richland City Council relinquished a 60-foot easement to property owners that facilitated development of the property.

No rent estimates provided

Hudson provided no estimates on the rent for any of the units