RICHLAND, Wash. -- Construction is reaching new heights in Richland and residents can expect to see some new roads and restaurants soon because of it.
A brand new report shows the city saw $260 million in construction value last year, nearly double the city's average over the past eight years.
Officials say single family homes in South Richland made up a majority of residential growth. Schools and new businesses are also booming.
Both city and construction workers tell Action News this developing trend should continue to thrive in 2017, especially this summer.
"Just last week we had Panera bread come in and we issued a building permit for a new Panera bread to be located next to the KFC,” said the City of Richland’s Community Development Director Kerwin Jensen, adding, “So that will be a nice attractive addition to our community."
Jensen says residents like Melanie can benefit from more than just the new restaurants. With new projects, there are more funds the city can budget towards road repairs.
“An important thing in any local government is that we continue to have that revenue streaming in so we can continue to provide the infrastructure we need to the residents of our community,” said Jensen.
Officials say MOD pizza and Denver Mattress Company should be opening down the road in Queensgate within the next few months.
They've also just approved a new school for the Kennewick school district within South Richland city limits.