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Old April 7th, 2008, 12:40 AM   #1
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Old April 7th, 2008, 12:42 AM   #2
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Downtown Yakima... New High rises coming soon?

Yakima has high-rises, but all from the past. Recently a downtown revitalizing group has cleaned up downtown Yakima and is continuing to make it a better place to live. Many new lofts and apartments have been made. Old buildings have been gutted and fixed for urban downtown living. Currently a brand new bank, the Columbia River Bank, is having a brand new building built downtown. How long will it take for new high rises to be built in the eastern Washington town that is growing at real fast rates. Few years ago developers where thinking of building new high rises downtown, but it has yet to happen.

Some rough downtown plans for a possible future downtown Yakima.

Green residential and blue is commercial and office.


Does Yakima have the ability to sustain growth and development like this. Many believe so. It's central location in the state could make for a great and even better hub for the region then it already is. It would boost attraction and attention. Business opportunities would grow.

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Old April 8th, 2008, 06:50 PM   #3
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I never hear anythig about these cities though i know where they are. Sounds good.
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Old April 9th, 2008, 03:07 AM   #4
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Go Yakima!

Yakima so often gets a bad rap, but every time I go there I don't think it's all that bad.
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Old April 9th, 2008, 11:08 AM   #5
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I can see Yakima becoming a retiree haven with condo living in the city for many as an option.

Yakima has a lot going for it:

-It's only a short drive to some amazing wilderness

- Dry side of the mountains. Wonderful climate.

- Gorgeous views

- Orchards and wineries

- 3 hours to Seattle or Portland
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Really, Yakima is in a great location for growth, which is why it is one of the regions fastest growing cities. I can see more desity growth. It's got a bunch of small towns around it to help feed it to being a economical center bigger then it is.
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I'd really like to see Yakima grow fast but recently a lot of the luster has been drawn to the tri-cities. Yakima has 83,000 people and 240,000 in the metro... and the tri-cities have a slightly smaller metro at 225,000, but is more urban.


Most of the developement is around the urban areas... or "infill" for the areas... although there has been some proposals around the Yakima Valley that could somewhat "unite" Yakima and tri-cities.

I'd like to see more development, though.
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That is what I am pushing for, is one big urban mashup from Yakima to the Tri-Cities.... but still let the towns have their own little centers that set them apart. I don't want urban sprawl parking lots, that is a no no.
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Lately theres been more houses and retail being built in Toppenish, Zillah, Granger, and Sunnyside, which make up most of the lower valley (the valley connecting Yakima and tri cities)... so in a few years time, who knows what may come?

Prosser (benton county) and Grandview (yakima) are very near to forming a single population center, which would really help connect the 3 counties.




The map shows just how close Yakima and tri cities are to forming a single metro... too bad its 8 years old, which excludes a lot of the region's explosive growth.
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Lately theres been more houses and retail being built in Toppenish, Zillah, Granger, and Sunnyside, which make up most of the lower valley (the valley connecting Yakima and tri cities)... so in a few years time, who knows what may come?

Prosser (benton county) and Grandview (yakima) are very near to forming a single population center, which would really help connect the 3 counties.



The map shows just how close Yakima and tri cities are to forming a single metro... too bad its 8 years old, which excludes a lot of the region's explosive growth.
The Tri-Cities and Yakima are a long way from becoming a single metro. The farmland between them is fertile. Filling it up with 75 miles of track housing would be a travesty.

FYI. Austin and San Antonio are also 75 miles from each other but are a long ways from becoming one metro. The distance is really too far to form one economic community.
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Great map Ogre.

Well Pavlov, I wouldn't want to see our famring economy be affected in a bad way, but in majority, not the whole way, from Yakima to Tri-Cities is already like driving a big metro area. They are very close to each other.
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The Lofts Condo Project

Location: 17 North 3rd Street
Property Type: Condo / Retail
Info: For purchase information, please contact Margo Hass Klein with Coldwell Banker at 253-752-7777 or www.margohassklein.com
Investment: $9,000,000
Project Completion: Winter 2008
Size: Condos range from 930-1650
Number of Floors: Four stories

Details: Style and sophistication combine in The Lofts in downtown Yakima. These brand new luxury one and two bedroom lofts range from 930 to 1650 square feet. The project is a retrofit project turning downtown's old Bon Marche store into another use and another life. Check back ofter to see details of the construction in progress.


View from the soon to be Penthouse.

(Link) http://www.downtownyakima.com/proper...l?propertyid=5
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The Tri-Cities and Yakima are a long way from becoming a single metro. The farmland between them is fertile. Filling it up with 75 miles of track housing would be a travesty.

FYI. Austin and San Antonio are also 75 miles from each other but are a long ways from becoming one metro. The distance is really too far to form one economic community.
Yeah, Yakima and tri cities are an hour of driving apart...but theres some development between them. Its not just untouched farmland. If you go to the Toppenish or Horse Heaven hills, you can see lights connecting Prosser all the way to Yakima. The only "true" gap is between Prosser and Kiona Benton (about 11,12 miles). Ki-be is pretty much a part of the tri cities, and even though Prosser is in Benton County, its a defacto Yakima Valley town.


I don't think that you'll ever see a super metro in central washington, but they already are loosely connected, and the region is growing fast. Even amongst the towns in the Yakima Valley, they area is already loosly connected. Sunnyside,Grandview, Prosser, Mabton, and Outlook already seem like a single city sometimes (with the areas between them slowly being filled), and Toppenish, Zillah, Granger, and Wapato seem fairly close to another (Wapato and Granger are 15 minutes apart with Toppenish and Zillah being sandwhiched.
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The Tri-Cities is a growing urban center that consists of Pasco, Richland, and Kennewick created a mass of over 70,000 people in the proper of the cities.

I just realized that you were a little off. Kennewick alone has about 65,000 people, Richland + West Richland have about 57,000... and Pasco+West Pasco have about 70,000 people.

Sooner or later, the tri cities alone will over take Spokane .. my guess is within 2 decades.
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According to the 2007 census estimates released by Washngton State, here is each cities total. (Those were rough estimates gave from the year 2000).

Yakima: 82,940.
Kennewick: 62,520.
Pasco: 50,210.
Richland: 45,070.
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I just realized that you were a little off. Kennewick alone has about 65,000 people, Richland + West Richland have about 57,000... and Pasco+West Pasco have about 70,000 people.

Sooner or later, the tri cities alone will over take Spokane .. my guess is within 2 decades.
Maybe in city proper population. Spokane County will have more people than Benton & Franklin combined.
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According to the a Washington State department, 2008 population estimates were released.

Yakima 84,300 (Nearing 90,000)

Kennewick 65,860

Pasco 52,290

Richland 46,080
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TRI-CITY Herald.com July 16, 2008

Tri-City, WA job growth slow but steady

By Pratik Joshi, Herald staff writer
The Tri-Cities added 700 nonfarm jobs in June and 1,000 nonfarm jobs over the last 12 months, says a report released Tuesday by the Washington State Employment Security Department.

The 1.08 percent annual increase in local non-agricultural employment largely is related to gains in the services sector, the trade, transportation and warehousing industry and the hospitality sector.

In June, the services sector helped create about 500 new jobs, while local food processing plants provided about 100 jobs and Hanford's vitrification plant added another 10. By the end of the month, the vit plant had 3,541 employees on its payroll.

Also, the leisure and hospitality industry added about 300 new jobs and the retail sector provided employment to about 100 workers last month.

"It's slower growth than before," said Dean Schau, state regional labor economist for the State Employment Security Department. "But we are fine."

The annual rate of job growth in the Tri-Cities almost is identical to the statewide rate of 1.1 percent. In contrast, the national annual rate of nonfarm job growth is 0.01 percent.

Agricultural jobs grew by 7,700 last month, bringing the number of jobs to 18,100.

However, over the year, farm jobs saw a decline of more than 8 percent, compared with 19,700 jobs in June 2007. Cold weather earlier in the ag season contributed to this, Schau said. Crops have been delayed and are smaller, which means growers can do without additional farmhands.

Last year was an exceptional year for the Tri-City economy and that is why job gains this year pale in comparison, Schau said. "We are very fortunate, unlike many communities across the nation, which will be hit by recession," he said.

From 2000-07, the local food processing industry added 1,833 jobs but that growth has slowed because of some recent consolidation, he said.

The rate of unemployment in the Tri-Cities also inched up from 5.4 percent in May to 5.5 percent in June.

More than 7,000 Tri-City workers were jobless out of a workforce of 127,970 in June, up from 119,570 in May. New high school graduates typically look for jobs in summer, which explains the increase in the number of unemployed workers, Schau said.

Job growth in the professional business and financial services and the construction sector have remained constant over the year. Employment in the restaurant industry in the Tri-Cities also remained the same over the month but declined by 200 over the year.

Blame high gas and commodity prices for that, Schau said.

The economy is slowing down, said Candice Bluechel, business services manager at WorkSource Columbia Basin. Businesses have either pared back or put their expansion plans on hold, she said.

"But we are not in trouble. We're still moving in the right direction," she said.

WorkSource has about 688 listed jobs for nurses, teachers' aides, receptionists, customer service representatives, food production specialists and welders, among others, she said.

She said a lot of new people have been coming to WorkSource to find jobs recently. But many job seekers want jobs closer to home so that they can save on gas.

Statewide an estimated 187,863 people were unemployed and looking for work. Washington's unemployment rate increased from 5.3 percent in May to 5.5 percent in June.

Dave Wallace, acting chief economist for the Employment Security Department, said the number of state nonfarm jobs remained unchanged over the last month. "Not a whole lot of turbulence," he said. But the state economy will continue to slow down because of factors affecting the national economy.

Since this is a Eastern Washington Paper, they show mainly smaller eastern Washington Communities, but still good info.
Unemployment rates, not seasonally adjusted, in metropolitan areas around the state were: Bellingham, 5.6 percent; Bremerton, 6.0; Longview, 8.8; Mount Vernon-Anacortes, 6.3; Olympia, 5.7; Spokane, 6.0; Tacoma, 6.5; Wenatchee, 6.1; and Yakima, 7.4.

These labor market areas also were reported: Aberdeen, 8.2 percent; Centralia, 8.8; Ellensburg, 6.1; Moses Lake, 5.9; Oak Harbor, 6.3; Port Angeles, 7.7; Pullman, 5.8; Shelton, 7.5; and Walla Walla, 5.5.

Unemployment rates in other counties were: Adams, 5.9 percent; Asotin, 4.9; Chelan, 6.2; Clark, 6.5; Columbia, 7.3; Douglas, 6.0; Ferry, 9.7; Garfield, 5.6; Jefferson, 6.1; King, 3.9; Klickitat, 8.5; Lincoln, 6.0; Okanogan, 6.9; Pacific, 7.8; Pend Oreille, 8.2; San Juan, 4.0; Skamania, 7.9; Snohomish, 4.5; Stevens, 8.0; and Wahkiakum, 8.6.
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City says apartment project requires Nob Hill expansion

Yakima Herald-Republic
Borton Enterprises of Yakima is being required to contribute to street improvements on Nob Hill Boulevard in a city environmental review of the company's plans to build a 342-unit apartment complex near 51st Avenue and Nob Hill.

A city environmental decision on what would be the city's largest apartment complex -- called Castle Creek -- requires the firm to pay more than $138,000 toward street improvements unless alternate access to the property is provided from South 48th Avenue.

In such case, the contribution would drop to more than $69,000.

The project, proposed for a 14-acre site south of Nob Hill, also includes 539 parking spaces, an office and recreational facilities.

Castle Creek, to be built in phases, could cost as much as $30 million. As originally proposed, the complex would involve three-story buildings with one-, two-, and three-bedroom units.

Release of the city's environmental review triggers an appeal period that closes July 17.

When fully constructed, Castle Creek is projected to generate 2,298 daily vehicle trips.

Payment by Borton Enterprises amounts to about 10 percent of the projected $1.1 million cost to widen Nob Hill Boulevard between 50th and 64th avenues.

A city traffic capacity analysis said Nob Hill, currently at two lanes in the vicinity of the project, should be widened to three lanes between 48th and 64th avenues and to four lanes between 64th and 72nd avenues.

The corner of 64th and Washington is the site planned for a new Wal-Mart Superstore.
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Like I said I would, I'd get pictures. Stay tuned to the AJM STUDIOS Northwest Photo Journey on my signature as I continue to update photos of almost every town in the Yakima Valley and Tri-Cities. Should be fun, and brand new images!

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