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.
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.
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
So happy to see that vacant land get developed!
Hi Jed, Thank you for reading the Observer. Yes, it is good to see more people living in the downtown core. My only concern was the elimination of public access to the riverfront trail across the street. While The developers, Cedar and Sage, plan to develop apartments on the riverfront side as well and provide a path to the river there. Nothing guarantees that path will remain public if the properties are sold, particular if they are sold to different entities. I believe that in order to maintain the values and desirability of the properties near but not on the river, public access must be a high priority, Again, thank you for reading the Observer.