Richland fire station, one step closer

RICHLAND, Wash. - Richland's newest fire station is closer to becoming a reality. The city is working with the state on a new program to make it happen.

Richland budgeted $3.5 million. The station it wanted was expected to cost more than that, but now, using a private contractor through the state program will keep it on budget, with more features than originally planned.

"The extra bay represents the future and the ability to fit it into the future, so we're trying to address immediate needs and in the next 50 years, this station is going to be here for the next 50 years, how right we get it now will affect the next 50 years," said Deputy Chief Grant Baynes.

The station will be designed to blend in with nearby shopping centers in the area around Queensgate and Duportail. Work will be complete in the spring of next year.